History

How Canoeing and Sled Dogs Came Together to Make a Difference

Sue Prom, along with her husband Mike, own and operate Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, a full-service wilderness outfitter/resort at the end of the historic Gunflint Trail. VCO is located next to the world-famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. After a friend of Sue’s suffered a debilitating illness in 2005, she designed Pink Paddles to raise monies for breast cancer prevention and make a difference in women’s lives.

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Pink Paddles Motto: “Helping to save a life, one stroke at a time”.

Mary Black, along with her husband Mark, own and operate Black Magic Kennels, a competitive racing sled dog kennel that offers “Off The Beaten Path” dog sled rides. BMK is located 6 miles from the end of the plowed road and ten miles from the nearest power pole. Both Mark and Mary race with Mark generally racing in the longer distance races of 200+ miles, while Mary prefers the mid-distance races of less than 200 miles.

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Black Magic Kennels Mission: To competitively run sled dogs while maintaining the highest standard of dog care possible. Black Magic Kennels believes in breeding, training and racing a “happy” dog team.

In 2006 Sue and Mary met while playing on the same softball team. Mary thought Pink Paddles were a great thing and asked Sue if Pink Paddles wanted to Partner with Black Magic Kennels in founding and sponsoring a dogsled pledge run to raise money for breast cancer. In March of 2007, four women participated in the inagural Mush For a Cure, raising $2500. In 2010 the event had grown to 52 participants that raised over $23,000! To date, Mush For a Cure has donated over $70,000 to national breast cancer charities.

Sue and Mary at the pancake breakfast before the 2009 event.

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