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Tagish Lake Kennel
Michelle Phillips is a six-time competitor in the Yukon Quest, with a personal best finish of 4th place. Michelle Phillips has earned “Rookie of the Year” in both the Percy De Wolfe and the Copper Basin 300 races. Michelle has also run the Iditarod 5 times and in 2015 it will be her 6th Iditarod.
In 2010 Michelle completed her first Iditarod, placing 27th out of 71 mushers. The next year Michelle finish 17th out of 62 in the Iditarod. In 2012, she again competed, improving her personal best by finishing 16th among 66 teams. Michelle was honored to receive the Herbie Nayokpuk Award, presented to the musher who best exemplifies the sportsmanship and love of dogs that Mr. Nayokpuk demonstrated in his life.
Michelle Phillips took first place in the 2013 Yukon Quest 300, beating Aliy Zirkle by a mere eight seconds in a thrilling race to the finish line. In 2015 Michelle returned to the Yukon Quest 300 and won again, this time by a large margin.
In 2013 Michelle finished the Iditarod in 24th place. The next year, in 2014 she improved to 20th place, a race many considered to be the most grueling Iditarod in history.
A 12-time competitor in the Percy De Wolfe, Ed Hopkins won in 1999 and 2007. He has also won the Caledonia Classic 200 and the Caledonia Classic 150 for which he holds the track record. He also holds the track record for the 100 mile Silver Sled race. In 2011 Ed Hopkins ran in the Kobuk 440 and placed 2nd in the Yukon Quest 300.
In 2015 Ed returned to the Yukon Quest trail wearing bib #20 and finished in third place.
Ed Hopkins has been awarded the humanitarian award in the Kobuk440, the Percy De Wolfe Sportsmanship Award three times, the Humane Society Award and the Vet’s Choice Award.
Michelle is running the 2015 Iditarod for a cause: to help raise awareness about Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes and to find a cure. Michelle and Ed’s son Keegan was recently diagnosed with this disease after […]