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Stan Passananti

board member & Race Marshal

Stan began racing sprint dogs 33 years ago while living in Illinois. He moved to Northern Minnesota to pursue his passion, and later transitioned to the sport of long distance racing with his sled dogs. Stan has competed in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Grand Portage Passage, UP200, Can-Am Crown in Maine, and the Iditarod, which he raced in 2002.

Though he’s retired from mushing, Stan has stayed active in the sport by participating as an official for several races. He has been Race Marshal multiple times at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and the UP 200 in Michigan, as well as a Judge for the Wolf Track Classic in Ely, Minnesota. Stan’s primary concern as an official is always the safety of the mushers and care and welfare of the dogs. 

Stan, an entrepreneur, has owned several successful businesses in Northern Minnesota including a waste management company, a building company, a hardscaping business, two resorts, an outfitter, and a sled dog tour operation. Stan resides in Ely with his wife Joyce where he enjoys spending time hunting and fishing in the wilderness surrounding his home.