In 2006, Michelle Phillips of Tagish Lake Kennel entered her third Yukon Quest sled dog race.
The Yukon Quest 1,000-mile International Sled Dog Race, or simply Yukon Quest, is a sled dog race run every February between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon. Because of the harsh winter conditions, difficult trail, and the limited support that competitors are allowed, it is considered the “most difficult sled dog race in the world,” or even the “toughest race in the world.”
In 2006, the fewest ever mushers in the history of the Yukon Quest finished the race, 11 in total.
Michelle Phillips was one of them. This is her story.