Racer Bios for 2013 Yukon River Quest Entrants

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1 Tandem Canoe mixed Looking 4 Jamaica Paul Adams, Susan Adams
2 Solo Kayak mens The Black Sheep Darran Williams
3 Tandem Canoe womens Bear(ly) Scared Sarah Wallis, Esther Wheeler
4 Solo Kayak mens Lets do it again! Darwin Wiebe
5 Tandem Canoe mixed More Than Miles Horst Schoenweiss, Miriam Roth
6 Tandem Canoe mixed AV IT! steve ball, deborah crump
7 Solo Kayak mens Dharma Bum Gus Oliveira
8 Solo Canoe open EcoChallenge JAPAN HIRO hiromune imai
9 Solo Kayak mens Nail-by-Nail Robert Ross
10 Tandem Kayak mens folk-in-clueless Donovan de Beer, Stewart Scott
11 Solo Canoe open WUN-NUM-NUT Jeff Brainard
12 Tandem Canoe mens Dont Wait Up Lang Evans, Morgan Evans
13 Tandem Canoe mens Hakuna Matata Cliff Smirl, Jon Smirl
14 Tandem Canoe womens State of Grace Joanne Arthurs, Andrea deJong
15 Tandem Kayak mens The 2 Papas Paul Potvin, Dan Faber
16 Voyageur mixed Your worst nightmare dream team Brook Swanson, Lisa Swanson
Tim Ahern, Stormy Weathers
Heather Bell, Mike Gordon
17 Tandem Canoe mens The Unforgiven Liam Ross, David Tucker
18 Solo Canoe open KETRZYN POLAND Gienieczko Marcin
19 Tandem Canoe mens Round Side Down Tim Lynch, Dave Lewis
20 Tandem Kayak mens On the Way to Maine Tom Simmat, Urs Mader
21 Tandem Canoe mens Mackenzie Muskrats Vince Brown, Grant Sullivan
22 Solo Kayak mens Pagosa Marty Borges
23 Voyageur womens Team Whoa Patricia Clune, Noreen Schaefer
Tunde Fulop, Elizabeth Clune
Christine Lundvall, Sylvia Anderson
Mary Garden, Julia Gerlach
24 Solo Kayak mens The Austrian Heinz Rodinger
25 Tandem Canoe mixed singapore sling Daniel Joseph, Katherine De visser
26 Solo Kayak mens Fisiko Santé Jean Lebeau
27 Voyageur mixed Outward Bound Canada Kara Mitchell, Deborah Lantz
Heron Mitchell, Natalie Burkhart
Kat McGlynn, Shauna Morey
Jessica Rando, Devon MacPherson
Amy Peters, Katie Romansky
28 Solo Kayak mens ECOFOR Consulting Stephen Mooney
29 Tandem Kayak mens El Gamil Paul Billings, Graham Groves
30 Tandem Kayak mens Longdon Allan Jackson, Callum Urquhart
31 Tandem Kayak mens Primasol Stephen Handley, Callum Wright
32 Tandem Canoe mens Men of the Midnight Sun Kendall McDonald, Tim Gordon
33 Tandem Canoe mixed Blue Light Tracy Plourde, Dave Pelow
34 Tandem Canoe mens Perpetually Lost Joe Nardinger, Kit Sanger
35 Voyageur mens Steelbacks Alun Thomas, Mark Hart
John Jeffree, Paul Cavedasca
Andrew Speechley, Alex Horner
Rod Skippy Kelson, Kaye Henderson
36 Solo Kayak mens The Flying Apple Anthony Cape
37 Voyageur mens Interserve H4H1 Dougie Sutherland, Neal Hatley
Mike Frost, Paul Savidge
Hannah Render, Michelle Purdue
Ari Akanno, Atif Yaqoob
38 Voyageur mens Interserve H4H2 Tim Smith, Keith Dorling
Gavin Gleave, Justin Bishop
Andy McKenzie, Jon Willis
Mark Brew
39 Tandem Canoe mixed Invictus Leigh Merritt, Cheryl Merritt
40 Solo Kayak mens fireball willis fireball
41 Solo Kayak mens WaterRocker Joe Evans
42 Tandem Canoe mens Team MAD Mike Harlow, Dave Halpine
43 Voyageur mixed Passing Through Kerry Newell, Paul Repak
Holly Crouch, Teresa Stout
Lorraine Turturro, Jon Vermilyea
Ashley (Cary) Vermilyea
44 Tandem Canoe mixed Currently Confused.... Still Steve Ramsay, Karla Ramsay
45 Tandem Canoe mens 20:3 Highlanders Brandon Johnston, Evan MacLeod
46 Voyageur womens Paddlers Abreast Lynn Rice Rideout, Maralyn Rogers
Dawn Fralick, Midori Kirby
Jane Haydock, Michelle Wagner
Claire Desmarais, Linda Rapp
47 Tandem Canoe mixed 15 X O Larry Seethaler, Brenda Forsythe
48 Tandem Canoe mixed Double Chin Daryl Chin, Katrina Chin
49 Tandem Canoe mens 6465 Terry Wescott, Jason Doverspike
50 Tandem Canoe mens lazing paddles X John Little, Taylor Little
51 Tandem Canoe mens Rix Runners Zachary Rix, Matthew Rix
52 Voyageur womens Modern Dwellers Melinda D. Miles, Zoe Oakley
Terri Huebler, Susan Dunsmore
Colleen Richards, Deb Ajango
Tori Best
53 Tandem Canoe mens Looking For Forty Creek Gaetan Plourde, Ian Mockett
54 Tandem Canoe mixed Towing the Line Pauline Frost, Dennis Fosseneuve
55 Tandem Canoe mixed Boydes of a Feather Pam Boyde, Jim Boyde
56 Tandem Kayak mixed Pass the Wine Gums Paul Adams, Naomi Gladish
57 Tandem Canoe mens Kelowna Kanoers Dylan Switzer, Dave McInerney
58 Voyageur womens Currently Available Mia Lee, Monique Levesque
Marian Geary, Carmen Gustafson
Kim Hawkins, Alison Maksymchak
59 Solo Kayak womens Super Maryo Mary Obstfeld
60 Tandem Kayak mens Yukiwis Graham Sutherland, Greg Lloyd
61 Voyageur womens 300 Years of Wisdom Leslie Gomm, Ali Morham
Mandy McClung, Jenny Cairns
Paula Jennings, Lauren Crooks
62 Tandem Canoe mixed Northern Allies Patrick Poulin, Natalie Vachon
63 Voyageur mens SUNRISE CHIHARU MATSUMOTO, MINORU TANAKA
TOMOHISA TAKAI, HARUNAGA SAKAMOTO
KENJI TAJIMA, YASUYUKI SAITO
64 Tandem Kayak mens West Coast Express Ryan Aldred, Brandon Hagen
65 Solo Kayak mens Akita Wayne Anderson
66 Tandem Canoe womens Sisu Melissa Väljä, Tammy Stoneman
67 Tandem Canoe mixed Head First Maren Bradley, Magnus Kaltenborn
Team: 1 Looking 4 Jamaica
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mixed Tandem Canoe
Paul Adams
Paul Adams

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Whitby, ON, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2011 - Finish
YRQ 2012 - Scratch

Aims

To finish

Susan Adams
Susan Adams

Age: 45

Sex: F

From: Whitby, ON, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2011 - Finish
YRQ 2012 - Scratch

Aims

To finish

Team: 2 The Black Sheep
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mens Solo Kayak
Darran Williams
Darran Williams

Age: 33

Sex: M

From: Norwich, , United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012 Solo K1 Finish
DW 2013 Solo K1 Finish

Aims

To give it all I\\\'ve got, race seriously, survive and finish well without stopping.

Reason for Entering

Did it all wrong in 2012, I know I can do so much better.

Team: 3 Bear(ly) Scared
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womens Tandem Canoe
Bear(ly) Scared

Charities:

RNLI

Read our blog (with link to the fundraising page here: http://bearlyscared.blogspot.co.uk


 
Sarah Wallis

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

Lots of canoeing in the UK and even made it onto Lake Superior a few times on holidays. Swam in a relay of the English Channel in 2012 (having been barely able to swim the length of a pool before starting training and have wanted to do this for ages and finally found a friend mad enough to join me.

Aims

To finish and not be eaten by bears! Have just read that team mate wants to finish in top 3 so am off to the gym!

Reason for Entering

To be declared a hero by all of the Canadians I have ever met if I finish.

Esther Wheeler

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

Paddling for a few years, mainly sea kayaks and canoes. All trip orientated and this will be my first race. Plenty of camping experience.

Aims

To finish within the top 3 of our class! And to enjoy it!!

Reason for Entering

I’ve wanted to complete in this race for several years so decided it was time to learn how to paddle and just do it! The adventure and the challenge are too much for me to resist.

Team: 4 Lets do it again!
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mens Solo Kayak
Darwin Wiebe
Darwin Wiebe

Age: 32

Sex: M

From: Altona, MB, Canada

Bio

Lots of wilderness paddling
Last years YRQ

Aims

Improve from last year

Reason for Entering

Had a blast last year! Met some great people

Team: 5 More Than Miles
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mixed Tandem Canoe
More Than Miles

Charities:

Raising money for a Bavarian foundation for people who need help

www.morethanmiles.info


 
Horst Schoenweiss
Horst Schoenweiss

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Rueckersdorf, , Germany

Bio

3 day backcountry paddling in Keji National Park, Nova Scotia and
Terra Nova NP, Newfoundland
Several paddling experience on german rivers and lakes.
Hiked a part of the
east coast trail,NS
and the west coast trail, BC.
Hiked up the Kili in Tansania, the Camino in Spain,

Aims

to have a great time and a lot of fun on the river and with all the people.
to get a finisher pin!!!
get new experience
deepen confidence to my love Miriam

Reason for Entering

bringing together adventure and raising money for people who need help

Miriam Roth
Miriam Roth

Age: 28

Sex: F

From: Rueckersdorf, , Germany

Bio

paddling on german rivers and lakes, but not so experienced yet. :-)
A lot of hiking experience

Aims

to reach the finishing line in time and HAPPY and HEALTHY!!
to stay dry
to get some new experience
to have a lot of fun, meet nice people and have a great time

Reason for Entering

Because my boyfriend needs a teammember :-)
I think it's a great adventure and we can have a lot of fun and raise some money for people who need help

Team: 6 AV IT!
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mixed Tandem Canoe
steve ball

Age: 49

Sex: M

From: rugeley, , United Kingdom

Bio

Uk marathon and touring racing.
Sea and river camping from boats

Aims

To finish

Reason for Entering

Deb made me!
50th year challenge

deborah crump

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: belper, , United Kingdom

Bio

Three DW races
Uk marathon racing
River camping from boat
Grand Canyon Rafting/Camping trip

Aims

To finish

Reason for Entering

A unique challenge

Team: 7 Dharma Bum
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mens Solo Kayak
Gus Oliveira
Gus Oliveira

Age: 42

Sex: M

From: Saltspring Island, BC, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2011 2012

Aims

Finish.

Reason for Entering

Had fun last year.

Team: 8 EcoChallenge JAPAN HIRO
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open Solo Canoe
hiromune imai

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: TOKYO, , Japan

Bio

YRQ 2007 TAMDEM kayak FINSH
YRQ 2011 SOLO kayak FINSH
YRQ 2012 voyageur canoe

Aims

YRQ 2013 IWANT Try To C-1 CANOE

Team: 9 Nail-by-Nail
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mens Solo Kayak
Robert Ross

Age: 58

Sex: M

From: Kingston, ON, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

Finish, and be able to exit the kayak unaided.

Team: 10 folk-in-clueless
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mens Tandem Kayak
Donovan de Beer
Donovan de Beer

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Port Moody, BC, Canada

Bio

2012 YRQ - Scratch

Aims

Finish

Stewart Scott

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

Yukon 2012 -Scratch

Aims

Finish and enjoy the experience

Team: 11 WUN-NUM-NUT
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open Solo Canoe
Jeff Brainard
Jeff Brainard

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Roslin, ON, Canada

Bio

Numerous multi-day wilderness tandem and solo canoe trips. Paddled 17 days solo across Algonquin Park in 2010. Paddled the Yukon River, Whitehorse to Dawson City in 2012.

Aims

To paddle to the best of my capability and complete the race in the allotted time.

Reason for Entering

Personal challenge.

Team: 12 Dont Wait Up
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mens Tandem Canoe
Lang Evans

Age: 55

Sex: M

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bio

20 years Sea kayak tripping on West Coast
2011 Susitna 100
2012 Mt Kilimanjaro

Aims

To finish and remain on speaking terms with my brother and team mate

Reason for Entering

It\'s all about the adventure. Life is too short.

Morgan Evans
Morgan Evans

Age: 49

Sex: M

From: Windsor, ON, Canada

Bio

Racing....none.
Camping and canoeing in Algonquin Park.
SOT kayaking around Essex County.

Aims

Finish.....and yes, more importantly still be on speaking terms with my brother who invited me on this quest.
To include 'YRQ 2013 Finish' in future bios.

Reason for Entering

See what I can do with this aging body and continue to set new goals.

Team: 13 Hakuna Matata
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mens Tandem Canoe
Hakuna Matata

Sponsors:

Special thanks to Kent-Macpherson Appraisals and our family for their support. Huge thanks go out to our parents, Dave and Joan Smirl; your generous support has allowed us to step up from a duct taped barge to a brand new Clipper!


 
Cliff Smirl
Cliff Smirl

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Kelowna, BC, Canada

Bio

Competitive swimmer in a previous life; recreational triathlete on occasion.

Aims

If we finish without getting lost or eaten by a bear, we will be happy!

If we stay dry it will be even better :-)

Reason for Entering

YRQ is a great event and a truly unique way to experience a spectacular part of our country.

Jon Smirl
Jon Smirl

Age: 33

Sex: M

From: Kelowna, BC, Canada

Bio

Nothing in terms of canoe racing but I was a former competitive swimmer and triathlete many moons ago.

Aims

To have a good time and see what the Yukon river is all about.

Reason for Entering

My brother thought this would be a good idea and I said why the heck not.

Team: 14 State of Grace
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womens Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

Sugru
www.sugru.com

Challenger Geomatics
http://www.chalgeo.com/


 
Joanne Arthurs
Joanne Arthurs

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: Calgary, AB, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

finish with a goal in mind and have a blast doing it!

Andrea deJong
Andrea deJong

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: Spruce Grove, AB, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

Finish with a smile!

Team: 15 The 2 Papas
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mens Tandem Kayak
Paul Potvin

Age: 57

Sex: M

From: Brentwood Bay, BC, BC, Canada

Bio

Kayaking around and along various islands (Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island)

Aims

To Finish!

Dan Faber

Age: 57

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, BC, Canada

Bio

Same as Paul Potvin

Aims

To finish!

Team: 16 Your worst nightmare dream team
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mixed Voyageur
Brook Swanson

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Spokane, WA, United States

Bio

1/2 of the YRQ 2010

Aims

Finishing

Lisa Swanson

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Spokane, WA, United States

Bio

Aims

finish and not fall in the river

Reason for Entering

the challenge

Tim Ahern

Age: 54

Sex: M

From: Medical Lake, WA, United States

Bio

DNF Yukon 2010.

Aims

Finish.

Reason for Entering

Unfinished Business.

Stormy Weathers

Age: 63

Sex: M

From: Medical Lake, WA, United States

Bio

This is my first canoe race

Aims

Keep the dry side dry and the wet side wet for 444 miles

Reason for Entering

New Challenge and this team requires adult supervision

Heather Bell

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: Kihei, HI, United States

Bio

Outrigger canoes.

Aims

Finish tired, happy and healthy.

Mike Gordon

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Austin, TX, United States

Bio

Aims

Team: 17 The Unforgiven
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mens Tandem Canoe
The Unforgiven

Sponsors:

Cycle Nutrition
And a special thanks to all the support we are getting from family


 
Liam Ross
Liam Ross

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

Years of wilderness canoe tripping. Whitewater courses. ORCKA lake water certified

Aims

Celebrating with a cold beer in Dawson City

Reason for Entering

To see what I am made of

David Tucker
David Tucker

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

A few short canoe races, many wilderness trips, number of whitewater courses and number of ultramarathons (ok that\'s running, but still ...)

Aims

Kick ass. Take names. Try not to fall out of canoe.

Reason for Entering

It looks cool to the chicks

Team: 18 KETRZYN POLAND
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open Solo Canoe
KETRZYN POLAND

Sponsors:

Kętrzyn City, Central Sports Centre OPO \"CETNIEWO\" , Philips Lighting Poland, Alvika Outdoor Equipment, Sat Film


 
Gienieczko Marcin
Gienieczko Marcin

Age: 34

Sex: M

From: Gdynia, , Poland

Bio

www.gienieczko.pl

I have crossed Yukon from Bennet Lake to Bering Sea, Pelly River, Niusutlin River, Teslin Lake and Teslin River, Athabasca, Great Slave River, Mackenize. My latest success is Lena crossing, the greatest Siberian river, from its springs to the estuary - 4328km i 63 days. Always solo.
http://askyakutia.com/2012/07/marcin-gienieczko-the-polish-adventurer-is-sailing-on-a-canoe-on-the-lena-river-from-its-estuary-to-the-delta-his-stay-in-yakutsk-photos/

Aims

good time

Reason for Entering

new challenge in my life

Team: 19 Round Side Down
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mens Tandem Canoe
Round Side Down

 
Tim Lynch
Tim Lynch

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Faro, YT, Canada

Bio

Marathon Canoe Racing
Wilderness Canoe Trips
YRQ 2012

Aims

Dave Lewis
Dave Lewis

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Milton, NS, Canada

Bio

Marathon Canoe Racing
Wilderness Canoe Trips
YRQ 2012

Aims

To experience this amazing event a second time.

Team: 20 On the Way to Maine
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mens Tandem Kayak
On the Way to Maine

 
Tom Simmat
Tom Simmat

Age: 65

Sex: M

From: Belrose, NSW, Australia

Bio

3 YRQ
1 Yukon 1000
14 HCC 110
6 Murray 400
2 Murray 200

Aims

Feed my Yukon addiction

Urs Mader
Urs Mader

Age: 60

Sex: M

From: Upper Coomera, NSW, Australia

Bio

10 Hawkesbury River Classics
3 Murray River Marathons

2007 YRQ

Aims

Have a great time and do well

Team: 21 Mackenzie Muskrats
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mens Tandem Canoe
Vince Brown

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

no racing
some outdoor experience

Aims

to finish

Reason for Entering

to finish

Grant Sullivan

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

no racing experience
extensive wilderness experience

Aims

to finish

Reason for Entering

to finish

Team: 22 Pagosa
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mens Solo Kayak
Marty Borges

Age: 54

Sex: M

From: Pagosa Springs, CO, United States

Bio

-Soloed 24 hours of Moab (self proclaimed world championships of endurance mountain biking)
-30 years Grand Canyon river guide, Trip Leader.
-Climbing Guide and avid ice climber
-Outward Bound Instructor

Aims

To finish in fine style

Reason for Entering

Seems like a great and fun way to see the Yukon river.

Team: 23 Team Whoa
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womens Voyageur
Patricia Clune

Age: 56

Sex: F

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

Several Yukon River Quest races

Aims

To finish happy and healthy in Dawson City and enjoy 5 Fingers Rapids!

Noreen Schaefer

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Carcross, YT, Canada

Bio

3 YRQ
numerous extended backcountry paddling trips

Aims

to have a blast with a great bunch of women.

Tunde Fulop
Tunde Fulop

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

6 Y.R.Q

Aims

Get to Dawson faster in our new boat
having even more fun than previous years/if that's possible/

Reason for Entering

The view just never gets old.
And of course spending time with my best girls

Elizabeth Clune

Age: 55

Sex: F

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

Many YQR races

Aims

Finish strong and happy...can't wait to see Dawson City again!

Christine Lundvall

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Torontto, ON, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2005

Aims

Sylvia Anderson

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Yukon River Quest Several times/all adventure races in the Yukon

Aims

Have fun and finish!

Mary Garden

Age: 54

Sex: F

From: Victoria, BC, Canada

Bio

Aims

Julia Gerlach

Age: 35

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Lots of races..

Aims

have fun and finish

Reason for Entering

Because it was fun the last time and I like the girls I am doing it with..

Team: 24 The Austrian
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mens Solo Kayak
The Austrian

 
Heinz Rodinger
Heinz Rodinger

Age: 72

Sex: M

From: Gramastetten, , Austria

Bio

12 times YRQ

Aims

To finish it

Team: 25 singapore sling
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mixed Tandem Canoe
Daniel Joseph

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

no racing, but i used to be a canoe guide here in the Yukon

Aims

finish without gettting hurt!

Reason for Entering

need a challenge!

Katherine De visser

Age: 0

Sex: F

From: , , --

Bio

Aims

Team: 26 Fisiko Santé
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mens Solo Kayak
Jean Lebeau
Jean Lebeau

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Bio

A lot of wilderness experience. Cross skiing, sea kayak in the pacific, atlantic. Etc...won the world kayaking championship

Aims

An athlete runs with is lungs
persevere with is heart
and wins with is courage

Reason for Entering

Just persevere and have fun

Team: 27 Outward Bound Canada
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mixed Voyageur

Charities:

Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization that cultivates resilience, leadership, connections and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. http://www.outwardbound.ca/


 
Kara Mitchell

Age: 43

Sex: F

From: South River, ON, Canada

Bio

flatwater paddling instructor & guide for 10 + seasons, 1st race

Aims

To be a contributing part of the team, to finish safely and raise awareness and funds for Women of Courage program, to visit the Yukon.

Deborah Lantz

Age: 37

Sex: F

From: Canmore, AB, Canada

Bio

First big race.
Pretty new to paddling. Many years experience mountaineering.

Aims

To enjoy the challenge, work together with new friends, finish strong, and ride a great river

Reason for Entering

To challenge myself, have fun, and to raise funds for Outward Bound's Women of Courage participants/ courses.

Heron Mitchell

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

First race. 20+ years of canoe tripping, including flat and moving water.

Aims

To finish strong and connected to the Yukon River and my team.

Reason for Entering

Raising funds and awareness of Outward Bound's Women of Courage Program.

Natalie Burkhart

Age: 30

Sex: F

From: New Hamburg, ON, Canada

Bio

Aims

Kat McGlynn

Age: 30

Sex: F

From: Ucluelet, BC, Canada

Bio

Was involved in the Yukon River Quest in 2012. Has 10 years paddling experience in both facilitating and guiding others and personal pursuits.

Aims

To finish strong, not win... but for our team to finish united and proud of ourselves. Maybe to try and beat our time last year!

Reason for Entering

To bring awareness and support to the Women of Courage program for Outward Bound Canada and challenge myself. As well to enjoy the beautiful Yukon Territory with a boat of amazing people.

Shauna Morey
Shauna Morey

Age: 35

Sex: F

From: Canmore, AB, Canada

Bio

My passion includes multiday climbing and wilderness expeditions, which has included river canoeing, sea kayaking, mountaineering and alpine climbing.

Aims

We'd all like to win, that way we get more prizes! But really, enjoy the wilds and challenge of the Yukon.

Reason for Entering

Spread awareness and gain funding for the Outward Bound Canada Women of Courage programs. http://freehealin.blogspot.com/?m=1

Jessica Rando
Jessica Rando

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Mississauga, ON, Canada

Bio

15 Years of national/international racing experience in sprint canoe, dragon boat and stand up paddle boarding. Wilderness experience...canoe tripping, backpacking, climbing and playing in the mountains are my other favourite pastimes : )

Aims

To feel connected as a crew in both paddling and spirit, to finish strong (of course competitive me would LOVE to win!) and to not forget to take in every minute of the beautiful Yukon River wilderness and remember how lucky I am to be paddling this river with such a great group of people!

Reason for Entering

This is an amazing opportunity to support a cause I truly believe in through the two things I love most; paddling and adventure! : )

Devon MacPherson

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Bio

First race, but a lifetime on the water and in the wilderness. Can't wait to get out on the Big Yukon River

Aims

Support my team in all our shared goals, and hope to put a good showing on our time

Amy Peters

Age: 31

Sex: F

From: Hanley, SK, Canada

Bio

Six years of guiding/ instructing wilderness trips, primarily in the mountains.

Aims

To finish with everyone still in the boat!

Reason for Entering

To raise money for Outward Bound's Women of Courage program, and because I like to be able to say I'm hard-core.

Katie Romansky

Age: 24

Sex: F

From: Calgary, AB, Canada

Bio

Outdoor pursuits diploma, several years working with the Rocky Mountain YMCA Camp Chief Hector, an Outward Bound alumnus and a climbing instructor. First race!
Hiking, climbing, tripping, and geology are favorites. I can't wait to do a ton of paddling this summer!

Aims

To contribute to an awesome team and community, and be part of a cause that's important to me. To go to the Yukon, finish the race strong, and enjoy it to the fullest.

Reason for Entering

To raise funds for the Women of Courage Outward Bound program, so that women who need a healing experience can have access to it!

Team: 28 ECOFOR Consulting
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mens Solo Kayak

Sponsors:

ECOFOR. Ecofor is a natural and cultural heritage resource management company with offices in Fort St James, Fort St John, Whitehorse, and Prince George. They offer multidisciplinary environmental consultation, specializing in fisheries, wildlife, cultural heritage, land use planning, and forestry


 
Stephen Mooney
Stephen Mooney

Age: 50

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

A few YRQ\'s

Aims

To Finish strong

Reason for Entering

A reasonable challenge for my 50th birthday

Team: 29 El Gamil
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mens Tandem Kayak

Sponsors:

Tees Financial

Charities:

Afghanistan Trust


 
Paul Billings

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Bushey, , United Kingdom

Bio

Devizes to Westminster, Kayaking from Stavanger to Bergan (Norway), following the route of the Cockleshell heroes, Kayaking around Cyprus.

Aims

To raise £5000 money for the Afghanistan Trust through www.justgiving.com/3PARA-YUKON

Graham Groves

Age: 34

Sex: M

From: Colchester, , United Kingdom

Bio

Too many years spent carrying the world on my back up and down hills so decided to sit down for this one

Aims

To raise as much money as possible for the Afghanistan Trust.

Reason for Entering

Seemed like a good way to get two weeks off work

Team: 30 Longdon
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Sponsors:

Tees Financial

Charities:

Afghanistan Trust


 
Allan Jackson
Allan Jackson

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: Colchester, , United Kingdom

Bio

Devizes to Wesminster

Aims

Ensure that I Smash the other reg blokes to boast that they got beat by a disabled bloke !

Reason for Entering

To raise £5000 pounds in order to help the injured member of the parachute regiment and their familys.

Callum Urquhart

Age: 22

Sex: M

From: Hucknall, , United Kingdom

Bio

Aims

Raise £5000 for the Afghanistan Trust helping injured British Paratoopers like me recover from injuries.

Reason for Entering

Just to be close to Allan Jackson is enough !

Team: 31 Primasol
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Primasol

Sponsors:

www.teesfinancial.com/ have kindly sponsored us for this event

Charities:

www.justgiving.com/3PARA-YUKON/ is the link to donate towards a very worthwhile cause that supports paratroopers and their families injured in Afghanistan. http://afghanistantrust.org/


 
Stephen Handley
Stephen Handley

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Colchester, , United Kingdom

Bio

Aims

To raise as much money as possible for a very worthy charity, the afghanistan trust which supports injured service personnel and their families. https://www.justgiving.com/3PARA-YUKON/

Reason for Entering

Felt like challenging myself and was a good opportunity to raise money for a worth while cause.

Callum Wright

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom

Bio

Long distance kayaking expeditions around the British coast

Aims

Raise money for the Afghanistan Trust.

Team: 32 Men of the Midnight Sun
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Men of the Midnight Sun

Sponsors:

McDonald Bros. Electric Ltd. and Rocky's Plumbing & Heating Ltd. of Inuvik, NT.
Also thanks to our families for their support!


 
Kendall McDonald
Kendall McDonald

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

YQR 2012
Various sprint races around the Mackenzie Delta
Very comfortable in the wilderness, look at where we live.

Aims

Would really like to improve on last years race.
To feel better at the end.
Top 3 in our category.
Hopefully top 10 overall.

Reason for Entering

I think we can we can do better. Learned a great deal from some amazing people last year. We are also trying to grow the sport in our area and this race has really sparked the interest.

Tim Gordon
Tim Gordon

Age: 43

Sex: M

From: Inuvik , NT, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012,short distance sprint racing throughout the MacKenzie Delta, grew up paddling to hunt and fish.

Aims

Do better than last year by making top 3 in our category and have a better race experience.

Reason for Entering

The personal challenge,to meet more great people and now hooked on the Yukon River Quest.

Team: 33 Blue Light
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Tracy Plourde
Tracy Plourde

Age: 35

Sex: F

From: Perth, ON, Canada

Bio

Short races and longer recreational paddles.

Aims

Bond with the old man, see what all the fuss is about, and hear the cowbell in Dawson.

Reason for Entering

Done with being support crew.

Dave Pelow

Age: 60

Sex: M

From: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Bio

3X Jock River Canoe Race, have run a number of 10/15K races, enjoy friendly competition in variety of sports.

Aims

Finish within the allotted time, get one of those last decades back, have a reason for the pain I already wake up to every day.
Figure out how to upload my photo to this website.

Reason for Entering

Quality time (arguing) with daughter. Not sure what happened...opened my mouth at wrong time and couldn\'t get foot out. Didn\'t realize I\'d said that out loud.

Team: 34 Perpetually Lost
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Joe Nardinger

Age: 39

Sex: M

From: Fort Benton, MT, United States

Bio

NIC Challenge Adventure Race, Peaks to Prarie Triathalon, Multiple Backcountry (AK)- unsupported hunts; multiple day canoe trip experience; Smith River, MT, 40 Mile River-AK, Beaver Creek-AK, Upper Missouri River Breaks, MT, Deschutes River, OR, Chatanika River, AK, Delta River, AK and Tangle River, AK

Aims

Finish in the alloted time.

Reason for Entering

I love to paddle and it sounds like a good time.

Kit Sanger

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Farmington, MI, United States

Bio

NIC Challenge, Bridger Ridge Run-multiple ultra long distance running races, Multiple backpacking trips-Bob Marshall Wilderness

Aims

Finish

Reason for Entering

Sounds like a good time.

Team: 35 Steelbacks
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mens Voyageur

Charities:

Help for Heroes
Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund
Cancer Research


 
Alun Thomas

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

Ex Royal Marines Commando
Jungle Trained
Mountain Trained
Arctic Trained
Ultra Distance Running Eco Trail Paris 2013
Yukon River Quest 2010

Aims

To win

Reason for Entering

To win

Mark Hart
Mark Hart

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2008
YRQ 2010

Aims

Enjoy the luxury of a better canoe and use it to full effect to come in less than 50 hours! Don't get sea sick or food poisoning this time either...

John Jeffree

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Grays, , United Kingdom

Bio

Yukon River Quest 2010

Aims

To complete it without hallucinating and in a quicker time than last time. Lighter boat + More Horsepower = Faster time :-)

Reason for Entering

It's a challenge

Paul Cavedasca

Age: 46

Sex: M

From: Basildon , Essex, United Kingdom

Bio

Thames River Pagent

Aims

Finish

Andrew Speechley

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Kettering, , United Kingdom

Bio

Some

Aims

Avoid serious Injury

Reason for Entering

The Challenge

Alex Horner

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Luton, , United Kingdom

Bio

Paddled in a Kayak around St. George's Caye in Belize after five weeks in the jungle.
Know the Brecon Beacons like the back of my hand.
Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks a few times. Fell off Pen y Ghent when racing at night, pissed.
Been to a few deserts on extreme career breaks.

Aims

Survival.
New Steelbacks record time.

Reason for Entering

To live the dream and relish the misery.
Seeking a challenge.

Rod Skippy Kelson
Rod Skippy Kelson

Age: 46

Sex: M

From: Cheshunt, , United Kingdom

Bio

Wild trekking in Australia, Peru, Afghanistan. Previously an international competitor representing Australia at cycling in China and Japan, also a physical training instructor for the British Army.

Aims

Be part of the team that beats the previous "Steelbacks" team time. Not collapse like a big sick hallucinating wimp!

Reason for Entering

To take on the mental and physical challenges that others shy away from. Live on the edge, or give up your seat to someone who needs it!

Kaye Henderson
Kaye Henderson

Age: 31

Sex: F

From: Ulverston, , United Kingdom

Bio

Paddled Devizes to Westminster twice.
took a 10 day wilderness trip on the Bloodvein River a few years back (amazing)

Aims

show that i can be just as tough as the boys.

Reason for Entering

I love a challenge. Cycled 1000 miles from John O\'Groats to Lands End (whole length of the UK) and i\'ve been looking for something new since. Opportunity came up so why not :)

Team: 36 The Flying Apple
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Anthony Cape
Anthony Cape

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Bio

Murray Marathon 2011
Ocean Ski races

Aims

Finish to be fit enough to have a beer at the end!

Reason for Entering

An excuse for a holiday (if you could call doing this a holiday)

Team: 37 Interserve H4H1
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mens Voyageur
Interserve H4H1

Sponsors:

Interserve

http://www.interserve.com

Charities:

Help for Heroes - a charity formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Our fundraising page is:
http://www.bmycharity.com/InterserveYRQ2013


 
Dougie Sutherland
Dougie Sutherland

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Chalfont St Giles, , United Kingdom

Bio

Yes but a very long time ago!

Aims

Survive and beat all the girls teams!

Reason for Entering

I like a challenge and to raise large amounts of money for Help for Heroes.

Neal Hatley
Neal Hatley

Age: 43

Sex: M

From: Bath, Avon, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

Finish

Reason for Entering

Fundraising for Help for Heroes

Mike Frost
Mike Frost

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Coughton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012 finisher

Aims

To see a bear, stay dry and complete

Reason for Entering

To raise a huge sum for injured service personnel

Paul Savidge
Paul Savidge

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Ewhurst, Surrey, United Kingdom

Bio

No previous paddling or wilderness experience

Aims

To complete the race and in a quicker time than last year's boat

Reason for Entering

Mental challenge, personal challenge and to raise money for Help for Heroes

Hannah Render
Hannah Render

Age: 23

Sex: F

From: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Bio

White water kayaker but have also done a little open water kayaking in British Columbia and Norfolk. I hike quite a lot and like to go mountaineering. 3 weeks mountaineering in Peru, spent a week walking along the Inca trail, 2 weeks hiking along the pacific crest trail in Washington State and have walked coast to coast in the UK. Completed all the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition sections. Also member of the Reserves for 7 years.

Aims

I aim to help the team complete this challenge within a good time. I aim to help motivate and encourage the team and add a strong phusical presence in getting us to the finish.

Reason for Entering

Raising money for Help for Heroes is a strong motivator for me as it is a charity close to my heart; I am a member of the reserve forces, the majority of my friends are in the forces also and I have seen first hand the work that this charity does and it is highly commendable.

Michelle Purdue
Michelle Purdue

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Lichfield, , United Kingdom

Bio

Half marathons

Aims

To finish

Reason for Entering

To raise money for Help for Heroes and to challenge myself. I believe there would be a great sense of achievement after such a challenge

Ari Akanno
Ari Akanno

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: London, , United Kingdom

Bio

Australian camping and London Marathon finisher 2011

Aims

To complete the Yukon challenge in an impressive time

Reason for Entering

Challenge myself to achieve something extraordinary both pysically and mentally demanding and outside my comfort zone. It's my goal to achieve this whilst also raising funds and awareness for such a worthwhile charity as Help for Heroes.

Atif Yaqoob
Atif Yaqoob

Age: 34

Sex: M

From: Maida Vale, , United Kingdom

Bio

One-off short paddling races

Aims

Complete the course

Reason for Entering

Physical endurance challenge

Team: 38 Interserve H4H2
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Interserve H4H2

Sponsors:

Interserve

http://www.interserve.com

Charities:

Help for Heroes - a charity formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts.
www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Our fundraising page is:
http://www.bmycharity.com/InterserveYRQ2013


 
Tim Smith
Tim Smith

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Harrogate, , United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012 finisher. Numerous marathons completed and various long distance walking experience.

Aims

Go faster than last year

Reason for Entering

To raise large amounts of money for Help for Heroes

Keith Dorling
Keith Dorling

Age: 47

Sex: M

From: Windlesham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012 finisher

Aims

To finish within 45 hours

Reason for Entering

To continue to raise the Help for Heroes profile and to raise a significant sum of money for a great cause

Gavin Gleave
Gavin Gleave

Age: 46

Sex: M

From: Crawley Down, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

Finish in style

Reason for Entering

To raise money for a worthy cause and keep Bish warm

Justin Bishop
Justin Bishop

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012, got to halway stage, a team member had to retire due to illness

Aims

To get under the 50 hour mark

Reason for Entering

Raise money for charity plus conquer the Yukon

Andy McKenzie
Andy McKenzie

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: East Grinstead, Sussex, United Kingdom

Bio

YRQ 2012 finisher

Aims

Faster time

Jon Willis
Jon Willis

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Bio

Yukon Veteran! 10 years as a Royal Marine Commando

Aims

To complete the race as a team and improve on last year\'s time

Reason for Entering

To raise money for a great cause and personal experience

Mark Brew
Mark Brew

Age: 26

Sex: M

From: Cradley Heath, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Bio

Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold). Expedition trekking in Derbyshire and Peak District in difficult weather conditions. Teenage member of the Army Cadet Force. In recent years I participated in a number of half marathons the most recent in Sept 2012 X Runner Wild Thing Race, a 10k run with assault course and obstacles.

Aims

To complete with a competitive time, create a memorable experience which in turn will help raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Reason for Entering

To push myself to a new level of overall endurance and at the same time raise a large sum of money to support the work of the Help for Heroes charity.

Team: 39 Invictus
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Sponsors:

Arrow Cab Ltd (High River AB)


 
Leigh Merritt
Leigh Merritt

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: High River, AB, Canada

Bio

Have done a lot of car racing, not so much canoe racing.

Aims

To make it to Dawson City and do a celebratory "toe shot" at the local pub

Reason for Entering

To see what it feel like to do an extreme race..... and win ;-)

Cheryl Merritt
Cheryl Merritt

Age: 51

Sex: F

From: High River, AB, Canada

Bio

Lots of paddling and racing in a War Canoe.

Aims

To stay upright in the river and arrive at Dawson
City still happily married :)

Reason for Entering

like a good challenge

Team: 40 fireball
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mens Solo Kayak

Sponsors:

Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre


 
willis fireball
willis fireball

Age: 43

Sex: M

From: diomede, AK, United States

Bio

hiking, backpacking, camping all over the world.

kayaked solo down the yukon from whitehorse to kaltag last year. then hiked over to unalakleet on the bering sea coast.

Aims

to try to keep ahead of the minimum pace and finish the course in style. (i didn\'t race when i did whitehorse-dawson last year.) and to enjoy the yukon and the event.

Reason for Entering

i loved the river last year. i\'m interested in doing the yukon 1000 someday. this year i have only a small window of time, but i can do the YRQ.

Team: 41 WaterRocker
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WaterRocker

Charities:

Old Hippies in Rockers


 
Joe Evans
Joe Evans

Age: 62

Sex: M

From: Springfield, OR, United States

Bio

5 YRQs

Aims

Show What Old Hippies Are Made Of

Reason for Entering

Paddle among the ghosts of legends

Team: 42 Team MAD
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Mike Harlow
Mike Harlow

Age: 34

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

Some wilderness river paddling, including Horton, Ogilvie (short section), Big Salmon, Yukon and some other rivers. Never a race.

Aims

Have fun and see if I have what it takes to finish it!

Dave Halpine
Dave Halpine

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

I\'ve done some x-country mountain bike races 35 + 90 KM respectively.
Annual Restigouche river trips (150km), avid x-country skier.

Aims

I hope to complete this quest and understand more about my limits and mental coping ability.

Team: 43 Passing Through
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Kerry Newell

Age: 66

Sex: M

From: Heuvelton, NY, United States

Bio

YRQ 2007, 2008; Yukon 1000 2009, 2011

Aims

Fast, friendly finish with good friends and competitors.

Reason for Entering

Experience the place, race and space of it all again.

Paul Repak
Paul Repak

Age: 62

Sex: M

From: Boonville, NY, United States

Bio

Adirondack 90 Miler Canoe Classic (x16 years)
Yukon River Quest (2008)
Yukon 1000 Mile (2009 and 2011)

Aims

To make each course line and turn point even better than last time!

Reason for Entering

From the Spell of the Yukon:

“There is a land--oh, it beckons and beckons,
And I want to go back-- and I will.”

Holly Crouch
Holly Crouch

Age: 55

Sex: F

From: Sherburne, NY, United States

Bio

General Clinton 70 miler - X30 yrs. Adirondack 90 miler - X29 yrs.
Yukon 1000 miler - 2 yrs.
YRQ - 1yr.
30 years of other various length canoe races in upstate New York.

Aims

Finish in knowing that I have given my all, proud of my performance, ALWAYS keeping bottom side down, and cherishing the wonderful opportunity to paddle the YRQ with previous teammates.

Reason for Entering

The internal challenge, an opportunity to paddle with such special canoe friends, and of course to return back to the WONDERFUL beauty and hospitality of the YUKON !

Teresa Stout
Teresa Stout

Age: 57

Sex: F

From: Corsica, PA, United States

Bio

Yukon 1000 2009
Adirondack 90 (9x)
General Clinton 70 (14x)

Aims

Enjoy paddling through the Yukon
Paddle hard
enjoy being with my teammates
finish strong and happy

Reason for Entering

The call of the Yukon once more.
Finish a goal I began in 2002.

Lorraine Turturro
Lorraine Turturro

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Watertown, NY, United States

Bio

Adirondack Canoe Classic - 90 miler (x15)
General Clinton Canoe Regatta-70 miler (x16)
Yukon 1000
Adirondack Winter 46er (x3)
Northeastern 111
Adirondack Cannonball (x4)

Aims

Jon Vermilyea
Jon Vermilyea

Age: 42

Sex: M

From: syracuse, NY, United States

Bio

11 years sprint racing circuit
Adirondack 90
General Clinton 70
Yukon1000

Aims

Finish in one piece!

Reason for Entering

to join my fellow Yukon veterans for another memorable run down the Mighty River!

Ashley (Cary) Vermilyea
Ashley (Cary) Vermilyea

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Syracuse, NY, United States

Bio

Adirondack 90
General Clinton
Yukon1000

Aims

to see it all again

Reason for Entering

an excuse to get back to the Yukon!

Team: 44 Currently Confused.... Still
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Currently Confused.... Still

Our Support Team: Lisa and Brooke

Sponsors:

CEM International - Want to thank the good folks at CEM for supporting us with our race this year by purchasing our new canoe! More importantly they support us with their encouraging words and interest in our race.


 
Steve Ramsay
Steve Ramsay

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Flin Flon, MB, Canada

Bio

Day tripping
Edmonton to The Pas, on the North Sask.
2012 YRQ

Aims

Hopefully make some improvement to last year\'s time.

Reason for Entering

Had a blast last year! Enjoyed the comraderie and social aspect of the race. Enjoyed the training.

Karla Ramsay
Karla Ramsay

Age: 46

Sex: F

From: Flin Flon, MB, Canada

Bio

Day Tripping
2012 YRQ

Aims

To finish again and enjoy the view!

Reason for Entering

Enjoyed the experience last year. Great excuse to see friends again!

Team: 45 20:3 Highlanders
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Brandon Johnston
Brandon Johnston

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

Cabot Trial Realay Race, a 300K foot race around the Cape Breton Highland National Park. Nothing in comparison to what I just signed up for.

Aims

To paddle to the finish line

Reason for Entering

Love the water, avid surfer, sailor, fisherman, thought I would give canoeing a go. Looking forward to a new challenge

Evan MacLeod

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Bio

Aims

To complete the race before the final whistle blows.

Reason for Entering

An exciting event to push myself both physically and mentally.

Team: 46 Paddlers Abreast
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Lynn Rice Rideout

Age: 40

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Paddled in the Yukon River Quest for 8 years.

Aims

To have fun and to finish!

Reason for Entering

I enjoy paddling with a strong group of women and also to bring awareness to breast cancer. To let other others know you can live a strong and healthy life after being affected with this disease.

Maralyn Rogers

Age: 61

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Yukon River Quest 5 previous years. Camping and hiking in the Yukon.

Aims

To train well and arrive in Dawson with a healthy group in the boat and still smiling.

Reason for Entering

I just love it!!!

Dawn Fralick

Age: 62

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

This is YRQ #11.

Aims

enjoy the river, make good time, stay healthy, encourage others

Reason for Entering

Continue supporting breast cancer initiatives; model active post-treatment lifestyle for breast cancer survivors; honor those who did not survive

Midori Kirby

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

No race experience but love being on water and in wilderness. The most recent leisure paddling is on the Wind and part of the Peel River last summer.

Aims

Finishing the race with all other inspiring women.

Reason for Entering

I have learned that I shouldn't take my life for granted. Live moment to moment with gratitude.

Jane Haydock

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Recreational Kayaker. This will be my first race.

Aims

Get to Dawson healthy, happy and mostly sane.

Reason for Entering

To contribute and support as best as I can the strong and dedicated women of paddlers abreast. And for the challenge.

Michelle Wagner

Age: 54

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

3 prior YRQ races - 2009, 2010, 2011
Recreational kayaking

Aims

Stay healthy while enjoying the river and camaraderie with a great group of women.

Reason for Entering

To help support breast cancer awareness and show that breast cancer survivors can live full active lives.

Claire Desmarais
Claire Desmarais

Age: 63

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

6 previous YRQ, canoe and kayaked various rivers and lakes in the Yukon and Sask.

Aims

To encourage other breast cancer survivors to join us in our beautiful canoe. Yes, you can do it, if you want to!
To paddle at such a pace that I am a full participant from start to finish, and have a big smile on my face at the finish line.

Reason for Entering

It is fun paddling with the group, and a very good reason to get in shape.

Linda Rapp

Age: 56

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Paddled several Saskatchewan and Yukon Rivers. Participated in the YRQ 11 previous years. Have done lots of camping and have participated in and instructed outdoor recreation programs.

Aims

To train well and arrive in Dawson with a healthy team. Arriving friday night last year was awesome but arriving safely is always the most important goal.

Reason for Entering

We race to raise awareness of breast cancer and to demonstrate that people can live healthy active lives after treatment. This race is an empowering experience for women, especially those who have felt they lost control over their bodies through the necessary surgeries and treatment. We also race to honor the memories of so many wonderful women who lost their battle and to provide hope for those still fighting the diesease. We race for the hope that our daughters and other women will not have to face the disease without a cure.

Team: 47 15 X O
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Larry Seethaler

Age: 70

Sex: M

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

Finished all previous YRQs.
Yukon 1000
Dyea to Dawson 1997 & 1998

Aims

Finish like in years past

Brenda Forsythe

Age: 55

Sex: F

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

Ten previous YRQs
Yukon 1000
Dyea to Dawson 1998

Aims

Paddle well and finish happy.

Team: 48 Double Chin
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Double Chin

 
Daryl Chin

Age: 53

Sex: M

From: North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bio

36 years of paddling/fishing/camping in canoes. This will be our first race.

Aims

Finish with my daughter still speaking to me.

Reason for Entering

My other daughter competed in YRQ 2012 in a voyageur with Team Whoa. We helped with their team support, and after that decided to give it a go this year.

Katrina Chin

Age: 20

Sex: F

From: North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bio

My parents had me in a canoe since I was little. First time racing.

Aims

Finish

Reason for Entering

My sister had a great experience in YRQ 2012. Hoping I will too.

Team: 49 6465
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Terry Wescott

Age: 64

Sex: M

From: Thorndike, ME, United States

Bio

4 yukon river quests 1 yukon 1000 43 years whitewater racing

Aims

have fun finish win

Reason for Entering

because i stil can

Jason Doverspike

Age: 24

Sex: M

From: Swan River, MB, Canada

Bio

Professional Cyclist for 5 years

Aims

have fun finish win what ever the order

Reason for Entering

for the love of racing

Team: 50 lazing paddles X
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mens Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

Witten LLP


 
John Little

Age: 54

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Bio

Yukon River Quest

Aims

Finish in a respectable time.

Taylor Little

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Bio

Recreational paddling.

Aims

Enjoy the scenery and finish healthy

Team: 51 Rix Runners
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Sponsors:

taking applications


 
Zachary Rix

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Bio

One fun race. Decent amount of canoe trips. Quite a bit of wilderness experience.

Aims

To finish

Reason for Entering

Sounds Epic

Matthew Rix
Matthew Rix

Age: 32

Sex: M

From: Denver, CO, United States

Bio

iron man 70.3, colfax marathon, couple half marathons, some canoe experience

Aims

To look good while paddling

Reason for Entering

seems like a great adventure

Team: 52 Modern Dwellers
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womens Voyageur

Sponsors:

Wenonah Canoes www.wenonah.com
ABC Motorhomes
Bogs
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge
Midnight Sun Brewery
YWCA Anchorage


 
Melinda D. Miles
Melinda D. Miles

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

ON WATER: YRQ 2009
ON SNOW: Iditarod 2004; Copper Basin 300 2003; Yukon Quest 300 2002; Denali 300 2001.
ON LAND: Mount Marathon trail race, 1995-1998; couple of marathons. Nothing to brag about.

Aims

Add another feather to my cap for the Big 5-0!

Reason for Entering

\"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I\'d have not a single bit of talent left and could say \'I used everything you gave me.\'\" I\'ve got some more talent to get used up!

Zoe Oakley
Zoe Oakley

Age: 48

Sex: F

From: anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

YRQ 2009
outrigger canoe racing on Maui

Aims

survive the river serpent

Terri Huebler
Terri Huebler

Age: 46

Sex: F

From: anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

Susitna 100 race across frozen Alaska (foot)
Fireweed 200 (bike)
Fireweed 400 (bike) qualifying for race across america

Aims

Thus far, 2 women voyager teams are entered. I\\\\\\\'d like our team to come in first or second :)

Reason for Entering

Why wouldn\\\\\\\'t you?

Susan Dunsmore
Susan Dunsmore

Age: 48

Sex: F

From: Eagle River, AK, United States

Bio

Yukon River Quest 2007-2009 in a solo kayak

Aims

Well, if you asked my mother,she\\\\\\\'d say I was trying to get out of a family vacation, but really, the thought of a week in Mississippi in June has nothing to do with this. :-)
Addendum: Alabama. Who knew? Thanks, mom.

Colleen Richards
Colleen Richards

Age: 48

Sex: F

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

Clean Air Challenge
HAMMER Adventure Race
Gold Nugget triathlon

Aims

Completion

Deb Ajango
Deb Ajango

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Eagle River, AK, United States

Bio

Formerly worked as a professional guide. Spent 2000+ days in remote areas of the world

Aims

To finish.

Tori Best

Age: 18

Sex: F

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Bio

I grew up in Alaska rafting, fishing, hiking, and camping on most weekends. Being the youngest one in the group, most of my outdoors experience comes from this past year at Alaska Pacific University where I took multiple Outdoor Studies classes. These classes taught the basics of wilderness survival, and most importantly how to stay warm, dry, and [if you are the other two] happy in all weather.

I've kayaked and canoed before, but no longer than day trips. In these past few weeks of training with the Modern Dwellers Voyageur Team, I've gained a lot of experience and time on the water. Listening and talking with the more experienced outdoors women on the team has also helped expand my knowledge.

Aims

As a team our aims for the race is to first and foremost finish, placing is just an added bonus. stay strong, stay motivated, help those in need, and keep on paddling - those are the aims.

Team: 53 Looking For Forty Creek
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mens Tandem Canoe
Gaetan Plourde
Gaetan Plourde

Age: 39

Sex: M

From: Perth, ON, Canada

Bio

4.5 x YRQ
Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2012
Hobart Marathon 2013

Aims

Leave nothing on the river.

Reason for Entering

Still addicted.

Ian Mockett

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Stittsville, ON, Canada

Bio

2.5 X YRQ'S

Aims

STAY CRAZY

Reason for Entering

I'M CRAZY

Team: 54 Towing the Line
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mixed Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

Frost Management Consulting


 
Pauline Frost

Age: 59

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Many Yukon River Quests, born and bred Yukoner....with extensive outdoor adventure experience. Raced the 16 day Saskatchewan RIver Quest with some amazing paddlers.

Aims

Keep up to my bow paddler, and get to stay out of trouble and injury free before the race

Reason for Entering

Oh you know, its what we do....chasing the gold to Dodge.

Dennis Fosseneuve
Dennis Fosseneuve

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Subbury, ON, Canada

Bio

Many Yukon River Quests, born and bred Yukoner....with extensive outdoor adventure experience. Raced the 16 day Saskatchewan RIver Quest with some amazing paddlers.

Aims

Keep up to my bow paddler, and get to stay out of trouble and injury free before the race

Reason for Entering

Oh you know, its what we do....chasing the gold to Dodge.

Team: 55 Boydes of a Feather
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mixed Tandem Canoe
Boydes of a Feather

 
Pam Boyde

Age: 65

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Some River Quests, some Yukon Rivers, some B.C. rivers, and a Saskatchewan river.

Aims

Don't worry; be happy!

Reason for Entering

One more time with the ol' man - he's 70 this year!!

Jim Boyde

Age: 70

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Done a few YRQs and a few Yukon Rivers

Aims

Keep the canoe in fast water, find Kirkman more easily than last year and solve that fast line beyond Ancient Voices and hear their encouragement..

Team: 56 Pass the Wine Gums
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mixed Tandem Kayak
Pass the Wine Gums

 
Paul Adams

Age: 34

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, Yukon, VIC, Australia

Bio

YRQ 2011

Aims

Try to enjoy the last five hours.

Naomi Gladish

Age: 26

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Multiple canoe trips in the Yukon.

Aims

To be tough and strong, and not make myself sick on wine gums.

Reason for Entering

My mom really wanted a team to support.

Team: 57 Kelowna Kanoers
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Dylan Switzer

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Kelowna, BC, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2011 AND 2012

Aims

improve

Dave McInerney

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Kelowna, BC, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2011

Aims



Team: 58 Currently Available
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womens Voyageur

Sponsors:

MEADIAsolutions
Cabott & Cabott, Barristers
New Market Foods (New Denver, BC)
Jan Stick, NDP MLA Riverdale South
Stephen Sparks


 
Mia Lee

Age: 51

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

3 YRQ's, lots of canoe tripping experience, dabbled in whitewater paddling - recently in solo canoe

Aims

would love to finish without injury and under 50 hours if the weather is kind to us

Reason for Entering

have always wanted to race in a 6 person voyageur canoe on a women's team.
And....I'm addicted to this race!

Monique Levesque
Monique Levesque

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2010-11-12, 2011 Yukon 360 and everything else you can do under the midnight sun or under the sundogs

Aims

Getting the most and best "available current" to get to Dawson in a respectable time.

Reason for Entering

Because being "Currently available" it is an amazing way to end a school year and start the summer...no string attached....just a bow line.

Marian Geary

Age: 58

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

I'm a Pisces, need I say more? In, on and around water . . . it's all good. I also have 33 years of Yukon experiences - hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, skiing, jogging, etc. with an occasional race thrown in just for fun.

Aims

Just keep paddling . . . and try to remember to smile occasionally (after all, the pain is only for 50 hours or so!).

Reason for Entering

I heard they were Currently Available so I signed up. Then I found out that they're straight!!
Oh, and I've always wanted to do this race.

Carmen Gustafson
Carmen Gustafson

Age: 32

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

I was in an adventure race once. I think we brought beer and pop-tarts.

Aims

Stay in the boat all the way to Dawson.

Reason for Entering

The river called.

Kim Hawkins
Kim Hawkins

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Growing up on Vancouver Island, in what now seems another lifetime I regularly paddled outrigger canoes, dragon boats, and further back still, rowing skulls. Then I moved up north where the water was frozen for a whole lot of the year. I'm still recovering.

Aims

I am excited to spend some time on the water again, be part of a team, and see the gorgeous Yukon scenery on the way to Fabulous Dawson City. Also, to do all this in 50 hours... or so my team tells me!

Alison Maksymchak
Alison Maksymchak

Age: 24

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Bronze medal, Canadian Age Class Speedskating Championship.
Recreational canoeing, biking, and camping with my bushman fiancé.

Aims

To have fun, not fall in the water, and place competitively.

Reason for Entering

It is the chance of a lifetime! I want to see what my body is capable of.

Team: 59 Super Maryo
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Mary Obstfeld

Age: 42

Sex: F

From: Grande Prairie, AB, Canada

Bio

Raced 2 years in Sourdough Rendezvous Bathtub race
Raced in tandem kayak with my father in 2011 YRQ

Aims

Finish in time to still have some fun in Dawson!

Reason for Entering

The river has a habit of calling me back. This year I would like to really challenge myself by going solo.

Team: 60 Yukiwis
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Yukiwis

Superb support crew


 
Graham Sutherland
Graham Sutherland

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Christchurch, , New Zealand

Bio

6 years of kayaking the coastal and inland waters of New Zealand. 20 years tramping(hiking)in the New Zealand wilderness.

Aims

To finish, to experience the legendary Yukon and to honour the good work of Celia, our superb support crew.

Reason for Entering

The doctor recommended getting some exercise to lower the blood pressure and our mate Dave reckons this would be a great event.

Greg Lloyd
Greg Lloyd

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Martinborough, , New Zealand

Bio

Relative late coming to kayaking. In recent years ocean, lake and river kayaking around New Zealand.

Aims

Finishing would be good, preferably without embarrassing myself

Reason for Entering

Midlife crisis!

Team: 61 300 Years of Wisdom
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womens Voyageur

Sponsors:

Physio Plus


 
Leslie Gomm
Leslie Gomm

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Lots of hiking and mountain biking and river trips including the Firth and Tat Rivers

Aims

The finish with a smile on my face!!!

Reason for Entering

A personal challenge and I'm turning 50!!

Ali Morham
Ali Morham

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

YRQ several times

Aims

Fun, Laughter and Survival with others

Reason for Entering

Celebrating turning an age of NO return-
adding, yet, another element to life.....

Mandy McClung
Mandy McClung

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

The odd adventure race, biking, hiking and paddling in the Yukon

Aims

To arrive awake and afloat with amerry crew

Reason for Entering

To celebrate the big FIVE 'O' with friends

Jenny Cairns

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Aims

Stay awake

Reason for Entering

ENjoy the other 250 years of wisdom and lots laughs.

Paula Jennings
Paula Jennings

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Calgary, AB, Canada

Bio

A first at 50! Although I have enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, biking and skiing - and swimming.

Aims

To make it in relatively good shape, stay awake and stay paddeling. Have fun with people in the same boat as me!

Reason for Entering

Was asked! A new adventure with good people.

Lauren Crooks
Lauren Crooks

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

No paddling races but many canoe and kayak wilderness trips

Aims

To finish the race with a smile on my face

Reason for Entering

My friends that are turning 50 finally let me on their team! I've been wanting to do this race for a while in a voyageur canoe with friends.

Team: 62 Northern Allies
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mixed Tandem Canoe
Northern Allies

 
Patrick Poulin
Patrick Poulin

Age: 33

Sex: M

From: Beaver Creek, YT, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012
Death race 2010

Aims

Go faster that last year !

Reason for Entering

Try my new handmade canoe !

Natalie Vachon
Natalie Vachon

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Chibougamau, QC, Canada

Bio

YRQ 2012

Aims

Finish faster than last Year !

Reason for Entering

Try Pat's new boat !

Team: 63 SUNRISE
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CHIHARU MATSUMOTO
CHIHARU MATSUMOTO

Age: 33

Sex: M

From: Ota-ku, , Japan

Bio

yukonriverquest2012
MARATHON DES SABLES2009

Aims

Complete running

MINORU TANAKA
MINORU TANAKA

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Bio

26th marathon des sables

Aims

A leisure with dear friends

Reason for Entering

I would like to feel the nature of Canada.

TOMOHISA TAKAI
TOMOHISA TAKAI

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: Chiba-city, Chiba-ken, Japan

Bio

Nothing

Aims

A leisure with dear friends

Reason for Entering

I would like to feel the nature of Canada.

HARUNAGA SAKAMOTO
HARUNAGA SAKAMOTO

Age: 32

Sex: M

From: Saitama-city, Saitama, Japan

Bio

nothing

Aims

A leisure with dear friends

Reason for Entering

I would like to feel the nature of Canada.

KENJI TAJIMA
KENJI TAJIMA

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Miura-gun, Kanagaw-ken, Japan

Bio

2012 yukonriverquest
Adventure racing RaidGauloises
Adventure racing  Eco Challenge

Aims

We run the whole distance happily.

Reason for Entering

We run the whole distance happily.

YASUYUKI SAITO
YASUYUKI SAITO

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Fukuoka-city, fukuoka, Japan

Bio

2008Honolulu marathon

Aims

A leisure with dear friends

Reason for Entering

I would like to feel the nature of Canada.

Team: 64 West Coast Express
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West Coast Express

A beauty day on the west coast


 
Ryan Aldred

Age: 23

Sex: M

From: Sooke, BC, Canada

Bio

I have lived in the rain forrest my whole life. When I was a child my wetsuit was a seal skin.
I was catching fish with bears in by the time I was 8 years old. When I turned 15 I was flying with eagles.

Aims

experience the yukon in all its glory.

Reason for Entering

bradon needed a crazy mofo to join him

Brandon Hagen

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, , --

Bio

Born in Whitehorse Brandon spent his summers growing up on mine sites.
Brandon is lethal in a D9 Dozer.
At the age of 6 years old Brandon was accepted by a wolf pack he spent his endless summer nights running wild and howling at the moon.
He once helped take down a bull Moose with his wolf brothers.

Aims

find his long lost brothers

Team: 65 Akita
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Wayne Anderson
Wayne Anderson

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Calgary, AB, Canada

Bio

No Racing experience
Various solo trips throughout the West Coast. Desolation Sound/Tofino/Queen Charlottes...

Aims

To finish with a smile.

Team: 66 Sisu
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Melissa Väljä
Melissa Väljä

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: Teslin, YT, Canada

Bio

A few solo kayak trips and a few river canoe trips

Aims

Finish the race

Reason for Entering

To know I can do it.

Tammy Stoneman

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: Teslin, YT, Canada

Bio

Some paddling experience

Aims

To finish

Reason for Entering

For the challenge

Team: 67 Head First
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mixed Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

William Kleedehn
The Little People
Pristine Wilderness Tours
Adorna Landscaping


 
Maren Bradley

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Many wilderness trips.

Aims

Get to Dawson before Magnus.

Magnus Kaltenborn

Age: 23

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Bio

Yes, many wilderness trips.

Aims

Make mama proud.