Mushing Radio: Julia Cross

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes junior musher, Julia Cross to Mushing Radio.


My name is Julia Cross. I am 15 and have been mushing for 10 years. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario and own Criss Cross Racing. I race mid distance races for Prairie Winds Racing and am currently training for the Mid Distance Beargrease 2018. Dogsledding is my passion and when I am not at school I am out with the dogs. My goal is to eventually run the Iditarod, and be the first Canadian champion in both the Iditarod and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. My love for mushing first began when I was 5, at a local winter carnival. They were giving dogsled rides and I was instantly hooked. I went to my first dogsled race in 2013 and ran my first race in 2014. To me Racing isn’t always about winning, it’s about finishing with a smile on your face and having a happy healthy dog team. 

On this episode we discuss:

  • How Julia got started in mushing at the age of four
  • We talk about her traveling long distances every weekend just to train her sled dogs
  • What it is like to be a teenager in the mushing community

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska. 

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Photo credit: Julia Cross

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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