Racer Bios for 2015 Yukon River Quest Entrants

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Team Class Category Team name Members
1 Tandem Kayak mixed Yukon Gold Rush Birgit Fischer, Dr. Wolfram Schleicher (Charlie)
2 Tandem Canoe mixed Passing Wind :) Derek Ingram, Sofija Delisimunovic
3 Tandem Kayak mens Bald and Sexy Gus Oliveira, Chris Spoor
4 Tandem Canoe mens Strokes of Genius Mike De Abreu, Tom Phillips
5 Solo Kayak mens the northshore paddler Martin Rother
6 Solo Kayak mens Veni Vidi Vici Thomas de Jager
7 Tandem Canoe mens Hungarian ember Dr. István Münch, Dr. Kristóf Szám
8 Solo Kayak mens The Rog Paddler Roger Mainville
9 Tandem Canoe mens Twice Daly Jim Daly, Brendan Daly
10 Solo Kayak mens Grey Grandfather Drescher, Wolfgang
11 Solo Canoe open Rock Solid Drilling Bradley Magnuson
12 Tandem Canoe mixed Blackflies and Blueskies Kristi Rivison, Brendan Rivison
13 Tandem Kayak mixed Spirit of America Josh Friedman, Julie Kirk
14 Solo Kayak mens Akita Wayne Anderson
15 Tandem Kayak womens Team NIGOR Guam Kim Menage, Marieke Kietselaer
16 Solo Kayak mens Buff Canyon 2 Tom Hughes
17 Solo Kayak mens NASCA Hayden
18 Tandem Canoe mixed 210 Rail Bridges Sandra Luken, Steve Harvey
19 Tandem Kayak womens Team NIGOR Parula Mieke Acda, Annika den Ouden
20 Tandem Canoe mens Freiämter Paddlers Haas Roger, Meier Bruno
21 Solo Kayak mens Paddling Forward Shawn Corrigan
22 Solo Kayak mens Pepper for CFC Mike Harlow
23 Tandem Canoe mens Lazing Paddles XI John Little, Ron Sorokin
24 Tandem Canoe mixed Paddle Faster - I hear an argument Sarah Wallis, Dan Abel
25 Tandem Kayak mens Time to GO! David Hutchison, Bob Ross
26 Voyageur mixed Team Ts'alvit Jim Boyde, Pam Boyde
Pat McKenna, Elizabeth Bosely
Andre Paul, Mia Lee
Justin Wallace
27 Tandem Canoe mens white aigle Antoine Bertrand, Mario l'allier Desrosiers
29 Tandem Canoe mens Perfect Storm Gaetan Plourde, Jeff Brainard
30 Voyageur womens Team Whoa Shelley Gellatly, Noreen Schaefer
Patricia Clune, Tunde Fulop
Sylvia Anderson, Margo Millette
Tory Russell, Kim Outridge
31 Tandem Canoe mixed Mapping The Way Pauline Frost, Derek Crook
32 Tandem Canoe womens Too Tall for Y'all Rumi Kodama, Rhiannon Bronstein
33 Solo Canoe open Gold Oariented Bryan Allemang
34 Tandem Canoe womens Vellamo Shari Valja, Melissa Valja
35 Tandem Canoe mens Celtic Warriors Dara Lundon, Brian Kelly
36 Solo Canoe open North of 55th Robert J. Lafontaine
37 Voyageur mixed Gale Force Don Sundquist, Al Ramey
Bill Bain, Brad Olsen
Kim Irwin, Shannon Turvey
Linsey Warren, Alix Ramey
Brad Wilde
38 Solo Kayak mens 4 GeneS Gary Seed
39 Solo Kayak mens Yukiwi Graham Sutherland
40 Voyageur womens Team 3-2-1-Go Tina Hoeben, Kathleen Jensen
Lisa Singleton, Cindy Lee
Beth Schluter, Margaret Caudle
Lynn Capen, Stephanie Siaris
41 Voyageur womens 8 of Hearts Katie Stein Sather, Betty McLeod
Ingrid Wilcox, Carol Woodworth
Isabelle Hamm, Debra Eisel
Deb Bartlette, Ruthann Ross
42 Tandem Kayak mens MaD Kiwis Murray Fowke, Dave Wade
43 Tandem Canoe mixed Dawson Before Dawn Alex Jessup, Robert Spinks
44 Tandem Kayak womens Alpine Start Laura Maclean, Lisa Brougham
45 Tandem Canoe mixed Pure Insanity Kendall McDonald, Nichole McDonald
46 Tandem Canoe mixed Flannel Fantasy Jake Paleczny, Karen Mann
47 Voyageur womens Tough Birches "Capitana" Carmen Gustafson, Sydney "the Slayer" van Loon
Eva "Hellbent" Holland, Vanessa "RoundHouseKick" Norris
Jacqueline "Jackhammer" Ronson , Carmen "Grizzly" Hanak
Cristi "the Crusher" Frittaion, Anna "Annaconda" Falcioni
48 Voyageur womens Paddlers Abreast Michelle Wagner, Lynn Rice-Rideout
Anne Jessup, Asa Berg
Midori Kirby, Dawn Fralick
Monique Levesque , Cheryl Rivest
50 Voyageur mixed Alfred E. Paddlers Cory Thole, AJ Conley
Cynthia Adams, Dirk Foss
Kent Fielding, Dennis Bousson
51 Solo Kayak mens Cockleshell Endeavour Mick Dawson
52 Solo Kayak mens Cockleshell Endeavour 2 Steve Grenham
53 Solo Kayak mens Cockleshell Endeavour 3 Paul Rigby
54 Solo Kayak mens Cockleshell Endeavour 4 Simon Reed
55 Voyageur mens Yukon Do It Mike Downs, Chris Downs
Connor Downs, Don Fraser
Tim Griffin, Mike Flux
Rudy Kerklaan, Kyra Griffin
56 Solo Kayak womens Erinfroglady Erin Giesbrecht
57 Tandem Kayak mens CARO Water Quest Patrick Novak, Ryan Libech
58 Tandem Canoe mixed Canoeroots Kaydi Pyette, Geoff Whitlock
59 Voyageur mixed CAP Raelina Jobin, Ian jobin
Kouciah Graham, Steven Shorty
Wes kemble, Adrienne Hill
Donna Johns, Lori Young
Team: 1 Yukon Gold Rush mixed Tandem Kayak
Yukon Gold Rush

Thu 11:53:22 0.1km past Carmacks -136.268, 62.111; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Birgit Fischer
Birgit Fischer

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Bollmannsruh, Germany | Deutschland

Biographical Information

several shorter races and some trips on rivers
www.kanufisch.com

Aims for this race

Fun and a cold Yukon Gold in Dawson

Dr. Wolfram Schleicher (Charlie)
Dr. Wolfram Schleicher (Charlie)

Age: 57

Sex: M

From: Eichwalde, Germany | Deutschland

Biographical Information

some short marathons and several river trips

Aims for this race

have fun, find the right way to Dawson and drink a hot dark black coffee there

Team: 2 Passing Wind :) mixed Tandem Canoe

Thu 16:59:26 4.6km past Macauley Bar -136.137, 62.1; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Derek Ingram

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Prince George, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Long distance endurance athlete

Aims for this race

Finish with a smile on face

Reasons for entering this race

need to get off bucket list

Sofija Delisimunovic

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Prince George, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Endurance athlete

Aims for this race

Have a beer at the end and finish of course

Reasons for entering this race

I have rocks in the place of where my brains are supposed to be

Team: 3 Bald and Sexy mens Tandem Kayak
Bald and Sexy

Time: 46:40:51
3rd Overall
2nd Tandem Kayak
2nd Mens Tandem Kayak


 
Gus Oliveira Send Message to Paddler
Gus Oliveira

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Saltspring Island, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ- 2011 2012 2013
CAL 100- 2013 2014
numerous shorter kayak races
and ultra marathon trail running races

Aims for this race

Finish in good spirits and have a good time

Reasons for entering this race

It's a great excuse to get back up to the Yukon.

Chris Spoor Send Message to Paddler
Chris Spoor

Age: 32

Sex: M

From: Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2009-2012, MR340 2013

Aims for this race

Paddle hard, Have fun

Team: 4 Strokes of Genius mens Tandem Canoe
Strokes of Genius

Time: 65:55:44
33rd Overall
10th Tandem Canoe
3rd Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Mike De Abreu

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Arnprior, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Muskoka River X 2014 (Finisher)
Numerous single day Adventure race finisher
Nice Guy

Aims for this race

Survive.

Tom Phillips

Age: 42

Sex: M

From: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Muskoka River-X (MRX) 2014, finisher
2 adventure races
2 summers as a canoe tripping guide in Algonquin Park


Aims for this race

Finish the race

Reasons for entering this race

I enjoyed the 2014 MRX tremendously, and the YRQ looks like another "must do" challenge

Team: 5 the northshore paddler mens Solo Kayak

Time: 49:29:30
5th Overall
1st Solo
1st Solo Kayak
1st Mens Solo Kayak


 
Martin Rother

Age: 49

Sex: M

From: North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Whitwater kayaking since 1982
safety kayaker in BC
annual (solo and group) sea kayak trips westcoast of Vancouver Island/ central Coast
regular participant at Deep cove races
regular participant "Around Bowen" Island sea kayak race
crossing of the "Georgia Straight"
Wilderness first aid

Aims for this race

Top five finish in the "solo paddler" category

Reasons for entering this race

....Just another challenge and experience
the North

Team: 6 Veni Vidi Vici mens Solo Kayak
Veni Vidi Vici

Sponsors:

A very big THANK YOU to my Sponsors for supporting me on the Yukon River Quest.
Fraserway RV Rentals - www.fraserway.com
PR Services - www.yukoninfo.com
North 60° Petro - www.petromarineservices.com/north60.htm

Time: 51:21:26
10th= Overall
3rd= Solo
3rd= Solo Kayak
3rd= Mens Solo Kayak


 
Thomas de Jager Send Message to Paddler
Thomas de Jager

Age: 47

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

I have some years canoeing experience and participated in a few canoe wildwater competitions. 2014 YRQ finisher

Aims for this race

A men need to do what a men need to do !
Go for it !!!

Reasons for entering this race

In honor to my mom, which died on cancer on January 7th,2015.
She learned me kayaking and trained me over many years.

Team: 7 Hungarian ember mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 70:38:55
43rd Overall
13th Tandem Canoe
5th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Dr. István Münch

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Budapest, Budapest, Hungary | Magyarország

Biographical Information

Wilderness experience in Europa.

Aims for this race

2 srác 1 Yukon

Dr. Kristóf Szám
Dr. Kristóf Szám

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Budapest, Budapest, Hungary | Magyarország

Biographical Information

Wilderness experience in Hungary and Austria.

Aims for this race

2srác 1 Yukon

Team: 8 The Rog Paddler mens Solo Kayak

Thu 16:57:07 6.0km before Carmacks -136.18, 62.099; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Roger Mainville
Roger Mainville

Age: 67

Sex: M

From: Sunny Brae, NS, Canada

Biographical Information


Solo unsupported circumnavigation of mainland Nova Scotia (June&July) 2014

Paddle Canada level 4 sea kayak skills.

Aims for this race


Wanting to complete the race in due time.

Reasons for entering this race

Visit my son Manuel and his fiancee Amelia in White Horse, YT
my support team during the race.

Sounds like quite an adventure for an old guy.

Team: 9 Twice Daly mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 68:18:12
36th Overall
11th Tandem Canoe
4th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Jim Daly

Age: 61

Sex: M

From: Mount Kisco, NY, United States

Biographical Information

Years of canoeing wilderness rivers including the Yukon.

Aims for this race

Finishing within the allotted time

Brendan Daly

Age: 30

Sex: M

From: Eagle, CO, United States

Biographical Information

Many wilderness canoe and raft trips

Aims for this race

Finish within the allotted time

Team: 10 Grey Grandfather mens Solo Kayak

Sat 18:29:39 5.3km past Sixty Mile River -139.724, 63.608; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Drescher, Wolfgang Send Message to Paddler
Drescher, Wolfgang

Age: 65

Sex: M

From: Brandenburg an der Havel, Brandenburg, Germany | Deutschland

Biographical Information

Rivers in Sweden, Norway, BC (Saskatchewan from Rocky Mountainhouse to Northbattlefort), USA (Yellowstonelake);
races on the Rivers Weser, Elbe, Aller
and on the baltic sea;

Aims for this race

Arrive Dawson in time

Reasons for entering this race

To make the river yukon is the great dream for every paddler, also for me too.

Team: 11 Rock Solid Drilling open Solo Canoe

Thu 19:53:30 0.1km past Carmacks -136.267, 62.111; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Bradley Magnuson Send Message to Paddler

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada

Biographical Information

2010 yrq

Aims for this race

To paddle a canoe from Whitehorse to Dawson.

Team: 12 Blackflies and Blueskies mixed Tandem Canoe
Blackflies and Blueskies

Time: 57:14:24
22nd Overall
7th Tandem Canoe
6th Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Kristi Rivison

Age: 32

Sex: F

From: Whistler, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Ironman Canada
Outward Bound Instructor
Raft Guide

Aims for this race

Finish with no tears

Brendan Rivison

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Whistler, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Ironman Canada
Outward Bound Instructor
Raft guide

Aims for this race

ride a tailwind the whole way

Team: 13 Spirit of America mixed Tandem Kayak

Sponsors:

Sealskinz-USA, Mountain Mike's Health Food Store.

Charities:

Heroes on the Water.

Time: 57:35:44
24th Overall
3rd Tandem Kayak
1st Mixed Tandem Kayak


 
Josh Friedman Send Message to Paddler

Age: 52

Sex: M

From: Moyie Springs, ID, United States

Biographical Information

Yukon River Quest 2014 finisher.
U.S. Navy (SEAL) Ret.
5-time Ironman Triathlon finisher.
3-Time LA Marathon finisher.

Aims for this race

To finish and better our time.

Reasons for entering this race

Love the challenge.

Julie Kirk Send Message to Paddler

Age: 54

Sex: F

From: Moyie Springs, ID, United States

Biographical Information

Yukon River Quest 2014 finisher

Aims for this race

To finish and better our time from last year.

Reasons for entering this race

I love the challenge

Team: 14 Akita mens Solo Kayak
Akita

Time: 51:21:26
10th= Overall
3rd= Solo
3rd= Solo Kayak
3rd= Mens Solo Kayak


 
Wayne Anderson Send Message to Paddler

Age: 50

Sex: M

From: Calgary, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2013 DNF
YRQ 2014 Completed
MR340 2014 Completed

Aims for this race

Finish of course and just a little better than last year :)

Reasons for entering this race

River one - Me one. Time to break the tie.

If any one has questions regarding the race and needs help email me at Wayneghana@gmail.com I would be happy to try and help with any questions.

Team: 15 Team NIGOR Guam womens Tandem Kayak
Team NIGOR Guam

www.facebook.com/4women4water

Time: 68:27:27
37th= Overall
5th= Tandem Kayak
1st= Womens Tandem Kayak


 
Kim Menage
Kim Menage

Age: 28

Sex: F

From: Presilly, Haute Savoie, France

Biographical Information

Battle of the SACs 2010
Battle of the SACs 2011
OMM UK 2013
OMM FR 2013
X-Bionic Veluwe Classic 2013
Outdoor rock climbing instructor
Alpinist
Scottish

Aims for this race

1)We have set up a Crowd funding Campaign to match our inscription fee for Water.org's emancipation projects!
http://fnd.us/c/5wLve/sh/e4VGwf

2) Our Facebook Blog & sponsorship deals raise awareness of the race & of the pristine Yukon wilderness. www.facebook.com/4women4water

Reasons for entering this race

Our goal is to finish in the world's longest annual kayak marathon within the set time. We will experience a world class wilderness event on the Yukon River, a river so clean you can drink it! We want to do something in return, so that our adventure contributes to the entrepreneurial power of women elsewhere.
“Millions of women are prohibited from accomplishing little more than survival. Not because of a lack of ambition, or ability, but because of a lack of safe water and adequate sanitation.”
This is why Teams NIGOR Guam & NIGOR Parula (together we are 4WOMEN4WATER) want to donate the equivalent of the race registration fee to Water.org's women’s empowerment projects.

Marieke Kietselaer
Marieke Kietselaer

Age: 27

Sex: F

From: Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, Netherlands | Nederland

Biographical Information

Multiple self supported long distance bikepacking/alpine and ice climbing/hiking adventures in New Zealand, US, Morocco and the European Alps. Kayak trips throughout the Netherlands, Lac Leman.

Aims for this race

Finish and raise money for Water.org

Reasons for entering this race

A wilderness adventure and a new kind of challenge.

Team: 16 Buff Canyon 2 mens Solo Kayak

Time: 57:23:14
23rd Overall
7th Solo
7th Solo Kayak
7th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Tom Hughes

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: london, london, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014

Aims for this race

Finish solo is less time

Reasons for entering this race

Solo looked horrible

Team: 17 NASCA mens Solo Kayak
NASCA

Normally paddling under normal, midday sun.

Thu 19:23:40 0.2km past Little Salmon -135.685, 62.052; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Hayden

Age: 24

Sex: M

From: Gosford, NSW, Australia

Biographical Information

Multiple week long expeditions.

Aims for this race

To finish with flying colours!

Team: 18 210 Rail Bridges mixed Tandem Canoe
210 Rail Bridges

Time: 56:29:15
20th Overall
6th Tandem Canoe
5th Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Sandra Luken Send Message to Paddler

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2009 DNF
Wilderness canoe tripping guide

Aims for this race

Finish with a smile

Steve Harvey

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Dragon Boat
Spartan Races
Canoe tripping

Aims for this race

Finish with a smile

Team: 19 Team NIGOR Parula womens Tandem Kayak

Time: 68:27:27
37th= Overall
5th= Tandem Kayak
1st= Womens Tandem Kayak


 
Mieke Acda
Mieke Acda

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands | Nederland

Biographical Information

Couple of multi-day adventure races
Canoe tour in Sweden
Alpine climbing & Skiing tours

Aims for this race

To finish for Water.org

Reasons for entering this race

Adventure/ Exploring new areas

Annika den Ouden
Annika den Ouden

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands | Nederland

Biographical Information

(Ski-)mountaineering
Couple days kayaking
Couple adventure races

Aims for this race

To finish for Water.org

Reasons for entering this race

To have a wonderful kayaking experience.

Team: 20 Freiämter Paddlers mens Tandem Canoe

Thu 19:48:21 0.1km past Carmacks -136.267, 62.111; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Haas Roger

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Staufen, Switzerland | Schweiz | Suisse | Svizzera | Svizra

Biographical Information

FC Muri Hallenturnier

Aims for this race

to finish

Reasons for entering this race

Es war einmal eine verrückte Idee...

Meier Bruno

Age: 44

Sex: M

From: Muri, Switzerland | Schweiz | Suisse | Svizzera | Svizra

Biographical Information

FC Muri Hallenturnier

Aims for this race

to finish

Team: 21 Paddling Forward mens Solo Kayak
Paddling Forward

Time: 50:01:09
6th Overall
2nd Solo
2nd Solo Kayak
2nd Mens Solo Kayak


 
Shawn Corrigan
Shawn Corrigan

Age: 39

Sex: M

From: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Biographical Information

Yukon River Quest Solo Kayak 2009, 2010, 2012

Aims for this race

Personal best.

Reasons for entering this race

I need to know if I can.

Team: 22 Pepper for CFC mens Solo Kayak

Time: 54:56:35
19th Overall
6th Solo
6th Solo Kayak
6th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Mike Harlow Send Message to Paddler
Mike Harlow

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Biographical Information

Lots of canoe camping, bit of racing. Was supposed to race in 2013 but crashed my vehicle on the way! See the photo - totaled everything!

Aims for this race

To finish and help Inuvik's daycare.

Reasons for entering this race

1) To get to the race in one piece
2) To finish what I started in 2013

Team: 23 Lazing Paddles XI mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 63:46:13
31st Overall
9th Tandem Canoe
2nd Mens Tandem Canoe


 
John Little

Age: 56

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

Yukon River Quest

Aims for this race

Finish in a respectable time.

Ron Sorokin

Age: 50

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

North Saskatchewan River.

Aims for this race

Finish respectably.

Team: 24 Paddle Faster - I hear an argument mixed Tandem Canoe

Charities:

Our chosen charity is a London based outdoor activity centre that brings the lessons learned from adventurous activities to inner city kids.

Our donation page is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/paddlefaster

Fri 19:38:17 17.8km past Fort Selkirk -137.728, 62.822; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Sarah Wallis Send Message to Paddler
Sarah Wallis

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: London, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

1/2 of Bear(ly) Scared - YRQ 2013 - finished.
Lots of other paddling, everywhere and anywhere

Aims for this race

To finish, to still be getting along at the end of 4 days and to be stronger for it: http://paddle-faster.com/

Reasons for entering this race

After doing the YRQ in 2013 I wanted to do it again. I have persuaded Dan to paddle with me and it's going to be good.

Dan Abel Send Message to Paddler
Dan Abel

Age: 41

Sex: M

From: London, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

Training paddles with Sarah when she was getting ready for YRQ in 2013.

Various whitewater and flatwater trips by canoe worldwide, inc time spent on lake superior.

Aims for this race

Finish and still be speaking to Sarah

see www.paddle-faster.com.

Reasons for entering this race

Sarah wanted to do it again and persuaded me that it would be a good idea.

Team: 25 Time to GO! mens Tandem Kayak

Time: 44:51:07
1st Overall
1st Tandem Kayak
1st Mens Tandem Kayak


 
David Hutchison Send Message to Paddler
David Hutchison

Age: 54

Sex: M

From: Gallatin Gateway, MT, United States

Biographical Information

YRQ 2008, 2014

Aims for this race

Go faster than last year and share the pain.

Bob Ross Send Message to Paddler
Bob Ross

Age: 60

Sex: M

From: Kingston, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQs

Aims for this race

Paddle hard, have fun, and follow Dave to Dawson in a hurry...

Team: 26 Team Ts'alvit mixed Voyageur
Team Ts'alvit

Sponsors:

Mic Mac Motors
Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd.

Time: 50:34:18
8th Overall
2nd Voyageur
1st Mixed Voyageur


 
Jim Boyde Send Message to Paddler

Age: 72

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Several YRQ races in tandem with Pam. Managed Ts'alvit 2014 to Dawson without too many bottom drags!

Aims for this race

Always to find a more efficient channel and enjoy the journey.

Reasons for entering this race

Great benchmark and wonderful passage through the coolness of late June light!

Pam Boyde Send Message to Paddler

Age: 67

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Some YRQs, some amazing Yukon rivers plus the odd other.

Aims for this race

To make this the best ever - team-wise, river-wise, country-wise, and race-wise.
Otherwise, I might have to do this again!!!

Reasons for entering this race

For the challenge in every sense of the word;
For the magic of paddling in the midnight sun; and
Because I don't want to be left behind on shore.

Pat McKenna Send Message to Paddler
Pat McKenna

Age: 60

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Previous YRQ's, 360's and local races; extensive wilderness travel

Aims for this race

To work strongly together as a team; for fitness & to spend time on our beautiful river

Reasons for entering this race

To finally find out more of Jim Boyde's short cuts on the river and for spring training with the swans

Elizabeth Bosely Send Message to Paddler
Elizabeth Bosely

Age: 51

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQs: 2004 mixed tandem canoe; 2005-3rd women's tandem canoe; 2006 Paddlers' Abreast; 2007-2008 1st women's tandem canoe; 2009 broke women's tandem canoe record; 2014 1st women's tandem canoe.

Aims for this race

Ummmm....to reach Dawson City in good spirits and to absorb all the majestic beauty of the Yukon along the way!!!

Reasons for entering this race

I love the mental, emotional, and physical challenge the mighty Yukon River poses throughout this race.

Andre Paul Send Message to Paddler
Andre Paul

Age: 55

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Canoed the North Saskatchewan River from Edmonton to Winnepeg. Numerous canoe trips from the Battlefords to Nipawin. Avid outdoor enthusiast.

Aims for this race

To live up to the stamina of my Coureur des bois ancestors , learn how to read the water better, and still be smiling at the finish line.

Reasons for entering this race

To put my 10th generation Coureur des bois genes to the ultimate test.

Mia Lee Send Message to Paddler
Mia Lee

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Four YRQ's (all very different, one including a swim through 5 Finger Rapids!), a few great races in Ontario and lots of wilderness experience.

Aims for this race

To enjoy the camaraderie of this team, take in the great scenery yet again, finish in under 50 hours and to lavish in not sterning for the first time!

Reasons for entering this race

I couldn't imagine not being in any races this year and I love who's on my team. What a great group of people.

Justin Wallace

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Marathon races only...
YRQ 2013 - tandem kayak, scratched
Yukon Arctic Ultra - 100 mile foot race, placed 1st overall setting a new course record
YRQ 2011 - voyageur canoe, placed 2nd overall, and 1sy in the mixed voyageur category setting a new course record
Experience paddling local wilderness rivers.

Aims for this race

To be grateful for all the beauty and wisdom the river has to offer, to learn from the experience of my teammates, and to push the all of us to perform at our peak so that we finish quickly and in good spirits.

Team: 27 white aigle mens Tandem Canoe
white aigle

dream team

Thu 20:30:56 0.1km past Carmacks -136.267, 62.111; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Antoine Bertrand Send Message to Paddler

Age: 24

Sex: M

From: sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Biographical Information

spartan race, expedition west canadian 2 weeks, west coast trail, east coast trail, appalachian trail, mingan island kayaking 1 week

Aims for this race

in perfect condition

Reasons for entering this race

chalenging myself

Mario l'allier Desrosiers Send Message to Paddler
Mario l'allier Desrosiers

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: baie-comeau, QC, Canada

Biographical Information

canoe yukon river experienced from whitehorse to dawson, west coast trail,

Aims for this race

in perfect condition

Team: 29 Perfect Storm mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 45:33:46
2nd Overall
1st Tandem Canoe
1st Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Gaetan Plourde Send Message to Paddler

Age: 41

Sex: M

From: Perth, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

A bunch of YRQs, boys canoe trips, Hawkesbury Classic

Aims for this race

Not let the sleep monsters get me on my way to Kirkman.

Reasons for entering this race

Somehow, I don't think this will help me kick my YRQ addiction, but it's worth a try!

Jeff Brainard Send Message to Paddler

Age: 53

Sex: M

From: Roslin, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

A couple YRQ'S
A couple MRX's
K2O

Aims for this race

Stay upright in Lake Laberge and stay healthy til the finish.

Reasons for entering this race

Opportunity to race with a great partner!

Team: 30 Team Whoa womens Voyageur

Time: 56:50:39
21st Overall
7th Voyageur
4th Womens Voyageur


 
Shelley Gellatly Send Message to Paddler

Age: 20

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

TBA

Aims for this race

TBA

Reasons for entering this race

TBA

Noreen Schaefer Send Message to Paddler

Age: 51

Sex: F

From: Wynndel, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

6th time in YRQ; multiple extended wilderness paddling trips in northern Canada

Aims for this race

To finally see purple martians.

Patricia Clune

Age: 57

Sex: F

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Several Yukon River Quest races

Aims for this race

For all to have a safe race and enjoy the beauty of the river and lands along the way. Also to enjoy the camaraderie on the river with the other races, with the organizers, volunteers and friends and families along the way.

Tunde Fulop
Tunde Fulop

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

8 Y.R.Q

Aims for this race

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

Reasons for entering this race

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

Sylvia Anderson

Age: 54

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

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

Aims for this race

Have fun and finish!

Margo Millette

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Texas Winter 100.
Three 50 day northern expeditions and one 100 day trip.
Guided wilderness expeditions for many years.
Friends who have completed the YQR.

Aims for this race

Experience another unique Yukon race.

Tory Russell

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Have Fun!

Kim Outridge Send Message to Paddler

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

TBA

Aims for this race

to have fun!!

Reasons for entering this race

TBA

Team: 31 Mapping The Way mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 54:37:07
18th Overall
5th Tandem Canoe
4th Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Pauline Frost Send Message to Paddler

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

A few YRQ's, many hours in the wilderness.

Aims for this race

Stay "spot on" to Dawson, and to get there before the Drunken Goat closes.

Derek Crook Send Message to Paddler
Derek Crook

Age: 59

Sex: M

From: Parksville, BC, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ several times ..solo inside passage, Van isl, Queen Charlottes, Taz.

Aims for this race

pace on the lake and race on the river to the finish line !

Reasons for entering this race

best race I have ever entered !

Team: 32 Too Tall for Y'all womens Tandem Canoe
Too Tall for Y'all

Sponsors:

Thank you Alaska Crossings for helping us succeed by providing us with our SPOT!!

Alaska Crossings runs 64day intensive behavioural health programs out of Wrangell, AK, in the Tongass National Forest for Alaskan Youth, through ocean canoe, mountain, and river expeditions.

We're going to paddle hard to make you proud, as first time Crossings reps in this race!

http://www.alaskacrossings.org
Helping Youth Succeed

Time: 63:19:42
30th Overall
8th Tandem Canoe
1st Womens Tandem Canoe


 
Rumi Kodama Send Message to Paddler

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Couple Adventure Races in ON, couple sprint triathlons, and guiding ocean canoe/mountain expeditions in SouthEast Alaska for youth at risk kids.

Rivers: Pekans/Moisie R., Stikine R., and Skeena R.

Aims for this race

To finish the race with a good time. Have lots of fun with my paddle partner, and create some good memories.

Reasons for entering this race

Been wanting to do a longer race for some time now for the challenge and see how far I can push myself.

Rhiannon Bronstein Send Message to Paddler

Age: 25

Sex: F

From: Seattle, WA, United States

Biographical Information

Lots of ocean canoe paddling and some river rafting, no racing experience

Aims for this race

Have a great time, paddle my fastest, see some beautiful country!

Team: 33 Gold Oariented open Solo Canoe

Time: 62:13:36
29th Overall
10th Solo
1st Solo Canoe


 
Bryan Allemang Send Message to Paddler
Bryan Allemang

Age: 35

Sex: M

From: Merrickville, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

10 day whitewater Algonquin trip
Many shorter trips around Ontario
Day trips: Lake Superior, Yukon, BC and Alaska
2 races (<30km)


Aims for this race

1. Make it to Whitehorse
2. Make it to Dawson
3. Get some gold

Team: 34 Vellamo womens Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

Anja and Paavo Valja, Mara and Joe Holdenried
Terry Delaney, Marty Holdenried, Barb Hood
Ian Doig, Arja Rantanen, Doug Snook, Lorelei Bridge
Rollie Walsh, Eila Varanka, Penny Samms
Louise Robillard, Eeva Hoeser, Seppo, Kauko
Jari Kellinsalmi, Silja Kamarainen, Norlene and Georgs Kolesnikov
Alf and Joanne Wuori, Nicola Phibbs, Dr. Andrzej Lutynski, Bridgette Lord, Lisa Birch
Bob Bob

Charities:

Canadian Mental Health Association

Thu 18:41:03 4.5km past Big Salmon -134.932, 61.916; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Shari Valja Send Message to Paddler
Shari Valja

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

A few multiday canoe trips in Ontario.
2 week backpacking trip with Outward Bound in B.C.'s Coastal Mountains.

Aims for this race

To have the satisfaction of completing this race, to have a fantastic adventure with my sister.

Reasons for entering this race

I'm turning 40 this year and want to enter this decade with a bang! Our team name, Vellamo, means 'Goddess of the water ' and is taken from the Kalevala, a book of Finnish mythology. We want to celebrate our heritage.

Melissa Valja Send Message to Paddler
Melissa Valja

Age: 35

Sex: F

From: Mount Lorne, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

2013 Yukon River Quest competitor, winner of tandem women's canoe division

Aims for this race

Complete the race and share the experience with my sister, finish in a better time than 2 years ago, and get to Dawson City by dinnertime for calamari at the Drunken Goat.

Reasons for entering this race

To be on that big beautiful wild river.

Team: 35 Celtic Warriors mens Tandem Canoe

Thu 23:46:41 1.1km before Carmacks -136.256, 62.121; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Dara Lundon Send Message to Paddler

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland | Éire

Biographical Information

Expeditions through Lesser Himalayas/Ganges

Aims for this race

Have fun and complete the race.

Brian Kelly Send Message to Paddler

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Newbridge, Co.Kildare, Ireland | Éire

Biographical Information

National Slalom Kayak champion.

Aims for this race

Complete the race and quarter life crisis.

Team: 36 North of 55th open Solo Canoe
North of 55th

Thu 18:59:06 5.8km past Big Salmon -134.972, 61.922; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Robert J. Lafontaine Send Message to Paddler

Age: 55

Sex: M

From: Thompson, MB, Canada

Biographical Information

Team OCN Men 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Canoe Quest (Voyageur), Team Shawnigan 2008 David Thompson Brigade (Voyageur) (leg from Prince Albert, Sask. to Winnipeg, MB,). Solo, Tandem and Voyageur camping trips. 2014 YRQ.

Aims for this race

To complete race, to improve my time from last year.

Reasons for entering this race

Answering the call of the Yukon.

Team: 37 Gale Force mixed Voyageur

Time: 51:58:13
12th Overall
3rd Voyageur
2nd Mixed Voyageur


 
Don Sundquist Send Message to Paddler
Don Sundquist

Age: 62

Sex: M

From: Courtenay, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014

Aims for this race

To finish under 55 hours

Reasons for entering this race

One more ride on the river before selling the boat. They've been great trips.

Al Ramey Send Message to Paddler
Al Ramey

Age: 55

Sex: M

From: Ladysmith, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014 (BC Banzai)
kayaker, canoer

Aims for this race

To finish under 55 hours and to have a great time with the Team!

Reasons for entering this race

The challenge

Bill Bain Send Message to Paddler
Bill Bain

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

mountain biker - Yukoner - paddler

Aims for this race

enjoy the North

Brad Olsen Send Message to Paddler
Brad Olsen

Age: 40

Sex: M

From: Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YQR 2014
Paddle with the Honey Badgers outrigger team in Nanaimo

Aims for this race

finish ahead of Don and as always have a Blast!!

Reasons for entering this race

To finish the race under 55 hours and jump of the dock in Dawson City. Also to shoot the toe ;D

Kim Irwin Send Message to Paddler
Kim Irwin

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Ladysmith, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Rower since the late 90s. This will be my first experience in a voyager canoe!

Aims for this race

To have fun and to experience something that few people have.

Reasons for entering this race

Great challenge both physical and psychological. Amazing experience to be up North and outdoors. To be a part of a team event.

Shannon Turvey Send Message to Paddler
Shannon Turvey

Age: 42

Sex: F

From: Mill Bay, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

First YRQ! 4th year paddling with a competitive amateur DragonBoat team and 3rd year with Outrigger. Extensive hiking/outdoor experience on a personal level.

Aims for this race

To finish the race uninjured, aiming for an under-55 hr finish

Reasons for entering this race

I love to have a goal to work towards and to challenge myself to see what I am capable of accomplishing.

Linsey Warren Send Message to Paddler
Linsey Warren

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Ladysmith, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

I am a dragon boating with the Nanaimo team: Blu By U. I'm going into my second season with them.

Aims for this race

To get to know my team mates very well during the long runs.

Reasons for entering this race

#1 I would have never thought about travelling to the Yukon, #2 The experience, #3 The ultimate reason - the Bragging Rights.

Alix Ramey Send Message to Paddler
Alix Ramey

Age: 17

Sex: F

From: Ladysmith, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

canoer, kayaker, life guard, water polo

Aims for this race

to have a great time

Reasons for entering this race

the challenge

Brad Wilde Send Message to Paddler
Brad Wilde

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Victoria, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Competetive sailor, hiker, SAR tech.

Aims for this race

to complete the race

Reasons for entering this race

being part of a team, experiencing the Yukon River

Team: 38 4 GeneS mens Solo Kayak

Time: 60:02:12
26th Overall
8th Solo
8th Solo Kayak
8th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Gary Seed Send Message to Paddler
Gary Seed

Age: 58

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ2014
Quest for a Cure
Logs, Rocks and Steel
Marathons

Aims for this race

Enjoy the view and catch up with some racing buds

Reasons for entering this race

Gertie's is calling me ...

Team: 39 Yukiwi mens Solo Kayak

Wed 23:16:41 0.1km past Lower Laberge -135.23, 61.392; status:WITHDRAWN


 
Graham Sutherland Send Message to Paddler
Graham Sutherland

Age: 47

Sex: M

From: Christchurch, New Zealand | Aotearoa

Biographical Information

YRQ 2013. Wild Descent 2014 (NZ). Lots of river, lake & sea kayaking in NZ.

Aims for this race

Staged goals: under 55hrs; under 60hrs; under Yukiwis' 2013 time; to just bloody finish.

Reasons for entering this race

To take on the solo challenge and to try to get the benefit of our hard-earned lessons from last time. Also I have to pass on Greg's regards to his friends, the little river people, if I see them.

Team: 40 Team 3-2-1-Go womens Voyageur

Time: 49:29:17
4th Overall
1st Voyageur
1st Womens Voyageur


 
Tina Hoeben Send Message to Paddler
Tina Hoeben

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Penticton, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2012, multiple paddling and adventure races.

Aims for this race

finish with a smile on my face.

Reasons for entering this race

It was a great experience in 2012 . . . I wanted to come back to do it with a women's crew.

Kathleen Jensen Send Message to Paddler
Kathleen Jensen

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Wallace, MI, United States

Biographical Information

Everglades 300, 1st outrigger to ever finish. 20+ Catalina Crossings, 15+ Molokai Crossing

Been racing for 40 years.

Aims for this race

Be fully prepared and no mishaps.

Reasons for entering this race

A new challenge and great teammates!

Lisa Singleton Send Message to Paddler
Lisa Singleton

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Penticton, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

I've completed 5 ironman distance triathlons, multiple long and short distance triathlons and several open water swimming races.
I'm looking for a new adventure so this is my first YRQ!

Aims for this race

FINISH! And to take home some amazing memories>

Reasons for entering this race

Fulfill one of my personal challenges in my 50th year!

Cindy Lee Send Message to Paddler
Cindy Lee

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Newark, CA, United States

Biographical Information

outrigger paddling in California and Hawaii.

Aims for this race

Enjoy the Yukon wilderness.

Beth Schluter Send Message to Paddler
Beth Schluter

Age: 70

Sex: F

From: Oconomowoc, WI, United States

Biographical Information

marathon and outrigger paddling. Races all over North America and Hawaii.

Aims for this race

Enjoy the experience.

Margaret Caudle Send Message to Paddler
Margaret Caudle

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Alameda, CA, United States

Biographical Information

outrigger racing - many Catalina and Molokai crossings

Aims for this race

Enjoy the time on the river.

Lynn Capen Send Message to Paddler
Lynn Capen

Age: 60

Sex: F

From: Boulder, CO, United States

Biographical Information

marathon canoe , 6-man outrigger,
2,130 mile solo trip (a very long time ago when i was 20)

Aims for this race

to finish- to have a great experience with my team.

Reasons for entering this race

paddling the yukon river has been on the list forever- this is a fantastic opportunity for me to be with this team, in this event

Stephanie Siaris Send Message to Paddler
Stephanie Siaris

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: South San Francisco, California, CA, United States

Biographical Information

Outrigger since 1991, Molokais, Catalinas, 2013 CAL100 first place tandem women (two noobs to marathon canoeing just trying to get down fast and happily on an OC2)

Aims for this race

Finish with a smile.

Team: 41 8 of Hearts womens Voyageur

Time: 52:47:35
14th Overall
5th Voyageur
2nd Womens Voyageur


 
Katie Stein Sather Send Message to Paddler
Katie Stein Sather

Age: 63

Sex: F

From: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014
Years of wilderness paddling

Aims for this race

Finish with a flourish

Reasons for entering this race

to do it with friends

Betty McLeod Send Message to Paddler

Age: 59

Sex: F

From: Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

my first time in a voyageur
my first time to the Yukon

Aims for this race

finish with a smile

Ingrid Wilcox Send Message to Paddler

Age: 67

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Finished 13 YRQuests; various other local rivers

Aims for this race

To get to Dawson with a happy, smiley, and healthy team.

Reasons for entering this race

It's addictive

Carol Woodworth Send Message to Paddler
Carol Woodworth

Age: 61

Sex: F

From: Pitt Meadows, B.C., BC, Canada

Biographical Information

3 different one week voyageur brigades,
Bowron Lakes

Aims for this race

to complete it, healthy and happy

Isabelle Hamm Send Message to Paddler

Age: 69

Sex: F

From: Port Moody, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Icebreaker/fishing in northern Manitoba

Aims for this race

To enjoy and finish with gusto!!

Reasons for entering this race

To enjoy the Yukon River and the wilderness experience.

Debra Eisel Send Message to Paddler
Debra Eisel

Age: 58

Sex: F

From: Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Dragon boat racing & outrigger racing

Aims for this race

To finish without injury

Reasons for entering this race

Adventure

Deb Bartlette Send Message to Paddler
Deb Bartlette

Age: 57

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ in 2011 and 2012, in women's Voyageur. Backcountry paddling trips, include 2 weeks on Wind River and Chilkoot Trial last summer. Other backcountry hiking and paddling. Intermediate whitewater experience. Whitewater rescue training and experience. Former distance runner.

Aims for this race

Finish in under 55 hours and laughing. And to have some good times with my new paddling buddies during that 55 hours.

Reasons for entering this race

I love it! Marathon paddling quickly becomes an addiction. As the 'baby' on this team, I am inspired to continue racing for a while yet and to show others that like good wine, women just keep getting better with age.

Ruthann Ross Send Message to Paddler
Ruthann Ross

Age: 71

Sex: F

From: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Fourth year paddling a Dragon Boat with the Pitt Meadows paddling club. Did the Bowron Lakes in 1987.

Aims for this race

To be physically ready, train hard, enjoy the wilderness experience and reach the finish at Dawson City!

Reasons for entering this race

Two years ago we took a trailer trip to Alaska through the Yukon and over top of the world highway. Have wanted to go back ever since. So lucky to have this opportunity.

Team: 42 MaD Kiwis mens Tandem Kayak
MaD Kiwis

Time: 60:41:36
28th Overall
4th Tandem Kayak
3rd Mens Tandem Kayak


 
Murray Fowke Send Message to Paddler
Murray Fowke

Age: 54

Sex: M

From: Wellington, New Zealand | Aotearoa

Biographical Information

Many multi and single day river and flat water kayak trips in New Zealand over the last 10 years. Recreational canoeing, keen canoe polo player, sea kayaking and ski paddling. Circumnavigation of Matiu/Some's Island. No previous YRQ experience.

Aims for this race

Go the distance without falling asleep in the boat, enjoy my YRQ experience. Enjoy a couple of cleansing ales with team mate Dave, fellow competitor Graham and our outstanding support crew (Leslie & Bill) after arriving in Dawson within the allotted time.

Reasons for entering this race

A new excuse to visit Canada

Dave Wade Send Message to Paddler
Dave Wade

Age: 50

Sex: M

From: Christchurch, New Zealand | Aotearoa

Biographical Information

Several multi and single day river and flat water kayak trips in New Zealand over the last 15 years. Recreational canoeing, sea kayaking and competitive dragon boat racing. No previous YRQ experience.

Aims for this race

Respect the mighty Yukon River and enjoy a few cleansing ales with team mate Murray, fellow competitor Graham and our outstanding support crew (Leslie & Bill) after arriving in Dawson within the allotted time.

Reasons for entering this race

I couldn't think of any good reasons not to enter, paddling the YRQ just has to be done!

Team: 43 Dawson Before Dawn mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 54:13:42
16th Overall
4th Tandem Canoe
3rd Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Alex Jessup Send Message to Paddler

Age: 26

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014

Aims for this race

Beat last years time, get to Dawson before last call!

Reasons for entering this race

It was such a good time last year!

Robert Spinks Send Message to Paddler

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014

Aims for this race

Beat our time from last year.

Team: 44 Alpine Start womens Tandem Kayak

Time: 72:31:13
44th Overall
8th Tandem Kayak
3rd Womens Tandem Kayak


 
Laura Maclean Send Message to Paddler
Laura Maclean

Age: 42

Sex: F

From: North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Mostly willing participant in a potpourri of long, short, and occasionally ill-conceived paddling adventures along the Fraser River, Athabasca River and BC West Coast.

Aims for this race

Go North. Paddle hard. Celebrate. Repeat as needed.

Reasons for entering this race

The 2015 Rubber Dingy Derby was already full.

Lisa Brougham Send Message to Paddler
Lisa Brougham

Age: 44

Sex: F

From: Bowen Island, BC, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Kayak guide extraordinaire, Round Bowen racer, multi-sport adventuress, closet Tour de France groupie

Aims for this race

Finish with enough time to do some shopping in Dawson City. Maybe see a bear, and a rainbow.

Reasons for entering this race

Have always wanted a reason to memorize 'The Cremation of Sam McGee'.

Team: 45 Pure Insanity mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 51:10:55
9th Overall
3rd Tandem Canoe
2nd Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Kendall McDonald Send Message to Paddler

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Biographical Information

YQR 2012, 2013 (men's tandem canoe)

Aims for this race

To be satisfied with our race, to know we prepared well and gave it our all.

Reasons for entering this race

Love to paddle, love the challenge!
Want the race to be a family adventure, to encourage and mentor my children to participate in a variety of sport.

Nichole McDonald Send Message to Paddler

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: Inuvik, NT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014

Aims for this race

To still be married at the finish line

Reasons for entering this race

For the adventure

Team: 46 Flannel Fantasy mixed Tandem Canoe

Sponsors:

Training and Race Sponsor: Wakiya Drums
Training Sponsor: Pat Mckenna

Time: 50:05:32
7th Overall
2nd Tandem Canoe
1st Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Jake Paleczny Send Message to Paddler

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Mattawa River Race 2011 & 2012
YRQ 2014

Aims for this race

Finish strong.

Karen Mann Send Message to Paddler

Age: 28

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2014
Mattawa River Canoe Race 2011
Dragon Boat Racing

Aims for this race

Do our best.

Team: 47 Tough Birches womens Voyageur

Sponsors:

-Yukon Chamber of Mines
-Klondike Rib & Salmon
-Yukon Blue Bin Recycling Society
-Yukon News
-Buff Canada
-Hougen Group of Companies
-ursus arctos
-New Market Foods
-Cabott & Cabott, Barristers
-Klondike Storage at McCrae
-Brantford Industrial Warehousing Limited
-Lang and Lamarche, Barristers and Solicitors
-Katherine Tait and Tom Marla
-Doug Holland and Sue Gauthier

Time: 57:42:05
25th Overall
8th Voyageur
5th Womens Voyageur


 
"Capitana" Carmen Gustafson Send Message to Paddler
"Capitana" Carmen Gustafson

Age: 34

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2013 Women's Voyager
Alaska Wilderness Woman Competition 2013

Aims for this race

Travel the Yukon River in (relative) luxury, style and as quickly as possible. Put smiles on my teammates faces, at least some of the time.

Reasons for entering this race

To have a great time with a great bunch of ladies on the majestic Yukon River.

Sydney "the Slayer" van Loon Send Message to Paddler
Sydney "the Slayer" van Loon

Age: 27

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Raced flatwater kayak, outrigger (sprint), and dragonboat growing up in southern BC. Coached flatwater canoe and kayak and dragonboat.

Aims for this race

Have fun training and racing, get to Dawson not muttering that I will never paddle [that far] again.

Reasons for entering this race

Time to get back in a boat.

Eva "Hellbent" Holland Send Message to Paddler
Eva "Hellbent" Holland

Age: 33

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Alaska Wilderness Woman Competition- 2013
Mostly recreational paddling on local rivers and a raft trip on the Nahanni River.

Aims for this race

To commit to training and see it through, and to not be (too) cranky during the race itself.

Reasons for entering this race

I've been writing about these types of events from the sidelines for a few years now, and wanted to experience an endurance race through the Yukon wilderness myself.

Vanessa "RoundHouseKick" Norris Send Message to Paddler
Vanessa "RoundHouseKick" Norris

Age: 30

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Driving a rickshaw around India...

Aims for this race

To network and gain access to a large group of healthy individuals from all over Canada and the globe.

Reasons for entering this race

Fastest route to Dawson.

Jacqueline "Jackhammer" Ronson Send Message to Paddler
Jacqueline "Jackhammer" Ronson

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Lifelong paddler, first time racer. Never saw a canoe in the distance I didn't want to overtake.

Aims for this race

If I can't paddle to the finish line, I'll swim.

Reasons for entering this race

I contemplated a recreational paddle from Whitehorse to Dawson, but who has the time?

Carmen "Grizzly" Hanak Send Message to Paddler
Carmen "Grizzly" Hanak

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada

Biographical Information

A lot of my childhood was spent cross country skiing in the backwoods of northern Alberta.
I've been dog sledding for 11 years, raced for a few in Ontario.

Aims for this race

Finish the race and enjoy every part of it.

Reasons for entering this race

I look forward to spending time on the Yukon River!

Cristi "the Crusher" Frittaion Send Message to Paddler
Cristi "the Crusher" Frittaion

Age: 35

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ is my first water related race.

Aims for this race

I really just don't want to have to poop in my pants. I've heard that's a thing you people sometimes do to win, you crazies.

Reasons for entering this race

Paddling through the nights with a boat full o' women and hallucinating figures on the shoreline, I can imagine the laughter, sobbing, stories, and views ahead and it seems pretty o.k. Some good ol' type 2 fun.

Anna "Annaconda" Falcioni Send Message to Paddler
Anna "Annaconda" Falcioni

Age: 26

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

This is my first YRQ!

Aims for this race

Finish and have fun.

Reasons for entering this race

Just for "fun".

Team: 48 Paddlers Abreast womens Voyageur

Time: 52:54:49
15th Overall
6th Voyageur
3rd Womens Voyageur


 
Michelle Wagner Send Message to Paddler

Age: 56

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

yukon River Quest 5 times

Aims for this race

Have fun and enjoy the river.

Lynn Rice-Rideout Send Message to Paddler

Age: 43

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

I have paddled 10 years in the Yukon River Quest.

Aims for this race

To finish and to have fun!

Reasons for entering this race

I am paddling in honour of Linda.

Anne Jessup Send Message to Paddler

Age: 62

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ twice, a lifetime of whitewater and river trip paddling

Aims for this race

have fun and do well

Reasons for entering this race

To support this amazing team.

Asa Berg Send Message to Paddler

Age: 58

Sex: F

From: Atlin, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ

Aims for this race

Start and finish and having fun with the team.

Reasons for entering this race

In memory of Janice and my Mom.

Midori Kirby Send Message to Paddler

Age: 99

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2013 & 2014
River trips

Aims for this race

Have fun and stay awake!

Reasons for entering this race

The first race was to kick the nasty cancer treatment memories out of me.
The second race, I wasn't quite sure why I wanted to do it again...
And this time, I must admit that the YRQ spirit got into my blood like other PA paddlers say...
So, here I go again!

Dawn Fralick Send Message to Paddler

Age: 64

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

This is YRQ #13.

Aims for this race

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

Reasons for entering this race

Continue supporting breast cancer initiatives, model active post-trearment lifestyle for breast cancer survivors, honor those who did not survive.

Monique Levesque Send Message to Paddler
Monique Levesque

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2010 to 2014

Yukon 360 and anything under the midnight sun or the winter sundogs.

Aims for this race

Start and finish.

Reasons for entering this race

Paddling in honour of Linda, and Lyne who are battling and for Evelyne who fought till the end. For too many other loved ones I see suffer of Breast cancer and other forms of cancer..... You have touched and are touching my life in so many ways, everyday, I will never be thankful enough for it.

Cheryl Rivest Send Message to Paddler

Age: 49

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Recreational paddler!

Aims for this race

After three years of training - I hope to finally make it to Dawson with my team!

Reasons for entering this race

As a volunteer for the race at the Kirkman Creek checkpoint I had the opportunity to see how all the boats and paddlers were doing 600km into the race. Paddlers Abreast was always one of the best organized, happiest, fittest looking boats to arrive. My friend Maralyn Rogers was paddling with them and invited me to apply to paddle in the race in 2013. I was accepted and trained with the team that year until..... my back decided that it was not going to paddle anymore. I spent the winter getting my back in shape and applied again. 2nd time lucky! I trained with the team and was really looking forward to the race. Several days before the start of the race I came down with the flu. Not to be deterred I gave it all that I had left in me but had to pull out in Carmacks. This left my team with the decision to either withdraw from the race - or carry on in "Tourist Class" they chose to carry on proving that this group of ladies is truly unsinkable! They carried on with the class and style to which this boat has become known for and paddled into Dawson with their heads held high! I am attempting again this year to paddle - perhaps third time lucky? I do know that I have learned an incredible amount from this special group of ladies as well as from my Mom, who is a Breast Cancer survivor. Fortitude, class, graciousness and an incredible determination to keep moving ahead, that even when it seems the odds are stacked against you - you keep going - regardless of whether that is Breast Cancer or the various hurdles in life. Look out Dawson, here we come! This ones for you Mom!

Team: 50 Alfred E. Paddlers mixed Voyageur

Time: 52:43:08
13th Overall
4th Voyageur
3rd Mixed Voyageur


 
Cory Thole Send Message to Paddler
Cory Thole

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Skagway, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Considerable amount of time in the woods, on the water and with glaciers but I have never raced a canoe!

Aims for this race

Look Good, Gain Weight & Make Last Call

Reasons for entering this race

Curiosity & a story for my future grand kids: "Back in the days when there was water in the river ....."

AJ Conley Send Message to Paddler
AJ Conley

Age: 31

Sex: F

From: Skagway, AK, United States

Biographical Information

No racing experience but lots of time playing outside backpacking, kayaking, doing search and rescue, and working as a ranger on the Chilkoot Trail.

Aims for this race

To have fun. And not fall out of the boat.

Reasons for entering this race

To fulfill my dream of paddling to Dawson.

Cynthia Adams Send Message to Paddler
Cynthia Adams

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Haines, AK, United States

Biographical Information

First Dyea To Dawson 1997
Winter trip on Chilkoot Trail 2000
Global River Runner since 1991
Juneau Ice Field Crossing 2013
Numerous Canoe Expeditions in Canada

Aims for this race

See the river again

Reasons for entering this race

Why not?

Dirk Foss Send Message to Paddler
Dirk Foss

Age: 26

Sex: M

From: Skagway, AK, United States

Biographical Information

No racing experience. I've paddled canoes in Minnesota and sea-kayaks in SE Alaska.

Aims for this race

"I reckon I'm aimin' to find me some gold!"

Reasons for entering this race

To become a stronger paddler and to see the Yukon Territory from a new perspective.

Kent Fielding Send Message to Paddler

Age: 47

Sex: M

From: Skagway, AK, United States

Biographical Information

I've camped and hiked my whole life. Ive competed in mountain bike races, but never a canoe race. I'm very comfortable on water and have been canoeing for 15 years.

Aims for this race

To finish safely.

Dennis Bousson Send Message to Paddler

Age: 57

Sex: M

From: Skagway, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Dyea to Dawson Race 1998
Juneau Icefield Traverse 2013
Various northern rivers

Aims for this race

Let me see...make it to Dawson as fast as possible? Right?

Team: 51 Cockleshell Endeavour mens Solo Kayak

Sponsors:

Patron Capital Partners Ltd
SMM
Fitness First Brighton
The Andrew Croft Foundation

Charities:

Care After Combat and The Falklands Veterans Foundation.

Time: 70:23:45
40th Overall
12th Solo
11th Solo Kayak
10th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Mick Dawson Send Message to Paddler
Mick Dawson

Age: 50

Sex: M

From: Rottindean, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

Former Royal Marine Commando. Rowed the Atlantic twice and successfully rowed from Japan to San Francisco. Completed the Devizes to Westminster International Kayak race and experience sea and river kayaking in the UK.

Aims for this race

To complete it.

Reasons for entering this race

To raise awareness for the issues of PTSD in the service community and raise funds for the UK charity Care after Combat.

Team: 52 Cockleshell Endeavour 2 mens Solo Kayak

Sponsors:

Patron Capital Partners Ltd
SMM
Fitness First Brighton
The Andrew Croft Foundation

Charities:

Care After Combat and The Falklands Veterans Foundation.

Time: 60:12:10
27th Overall
9th Solo
9th Solo Kayak
9th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Steve Grenham Send Message to Paddler
Steve Grenham

Age: 51

Sex: M

From: Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

Former Royal Marine Commando. Experienced in sea kayaking and river kayaking in and around the British Isles. Completed the Devizes to Westminster International Kayak race.

Aims for this race

To complete it.

Reasons for entering this race

To raise awareness of the issues of PTSD in the Service community and raise funds for the Charity: Care After Combat.

Team: 53 Cockleshell Endeavour 3 mens Solo Kayak

Time: 70:23:57
41st Overall
13th Solo
12th Solo Kayak
11th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Paul Rigby Send Message to Paddler
Paul Rigby

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

Devizes to Westminster 2015, many kayak touring wild camping trips River Wye, , The Great Glen, Norfolk Broads and The Lake District.

Plus a little time mountain walking and stuff

Aims for this race

To complete in good time and because Mick Dawson said it would be fun......

Reasons for entering this race

To raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Care After Combat

Team: 54 Cockleshell Endeavour 4 mens Solo Kayak

Time: 54:23:19
17th Overall
5th Solo
5th Solo Kayak
5th Mens Solo Kayak


 
Simon Reed Send Message to Paddler
Simon Reed

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

Biographical Information

Devizes to westminster canoe race.
A lot of white water kayaking experience.
Many years of spending time in the mountains and wilderness.

Aims for this race

1. To complete it.
2. To finish in the top 1/2 of the class.
3. To raise as much money as possible for "Care After Combat" and "Dartmoor Mountain Rescue"

Reasons for entering this race

Because I keep saying I'll do it "Next year"!

Team: 55 Yukon Do It mens Voyageur

Time: 67:36:14
35th Overall
10th Voyageur
1st Mens Voyageur


 
Mike Downs Send Message to Paddler
Mike Downs

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Aurora, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Nahanni, sea kayaking - numerous wilderness trips in Rockies and Newfoundland

Aims for this race

I like to see people struggle

Reasons for entering this race

Bucket list item for 10 years

Chris Downs Send Message to Paddler
Chris Downs

Age: 19

Sex: M

From: aurora, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Numerous hiking trips and canoe experience in Ontario, Rockies, and newfoundland

Aims for this race

Hang tough

Reasons for entering this race

I could be working instead

Connor Downs Send Message to Paddler
Connor Downs

Age: 17

Sex: M

From: Aurora, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Previous Experience?
More than you buddy, more than you

Aims for this race

Preform at least one "never let go Jack" (Titanic) at the front of the canoe.

Reasons for entering this race

Needed a new instagram pic, thought it would be artsy

Don Fraser Send Message to Paddler

Age: 56

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Hiking, biking

Aims for this race

To thaw my shoulders

Reasons for entering this race

I was forced

Tim Griffin Send Message to Paddler
Tim Griffin

Age: 65

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Yukon River plus multiple marathons in various sports

Aims for this race

Arrive alive

Reasons for entering this race

Another notch in the tree!

Mike Flux Send Message to Paddler

Age: 43

Sex: M

From: Toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Hiking and biking

Aims for this race

Finish with a cold beer in Dawson

Reasons for entering this race

Give Marnie a week off

Rudy Kerklaan Send Message to Paddler

Age: 61

Sex: M

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Marathons, hiking and all kinds of sports

Aims for this race

Be Namaste with the Yukon wilderness

Reasons for entering this race

To push the young guys out of their comfort zone

Kyra Griffin Send Message to Paddler

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: toronto, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Competitive rowing in school

Aims for this race

I had no choice, my Dad insisted

Reasons for entering this race

Show the boys how it's really done!

Team: 56 Erinfroglady womens Solo Kayak

Time: 64:15:23
32nd Overall
11th Solo
10th Solo Kayak
1st Womens Solo Kayak


 
Erin Giesbrecht

Age: 36

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

YRQ 2012 and lots of tripping

Aims for this race

Cross the finish line with a smile

Reasons for entering this race

The challenge of enduring mentally and physically to the finish.

Team: 57 CARO Water Quest mens Tandem Kayak
CARO Water Quest

Sponsors:

CARO Analytical Services - www.caro.ca
Liogon Holdings

Charities:

CARO Research - Northern Water Research Project

Time: 70:34:34
42nd Overall
7th Tandem Kayak
4th Mens Tandem Kayak


 
Patrick Novak Send Message to Paddler
Patrick Novak

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Yukon River
Red Bull Sailing Race
Vancouver Marathon

Aims for this race

Explore
Finish
Have Fun
Do Research

Reasons for entering this race

Challenge
Do something new.
See how far I can push myself.

Ryan Libech Send Message to Paddler
Ryan Libech

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

South America Mountain Biking Adventure
Adventure Backcountry Skiing
Adventure Backcountry Mountain Biking

Aims for this race

Explore
Finish
Have Fun
Do Research

Reasons for entering this race

Because Patrick said it would be fun.

Team: 58 Canoeroots mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 69:09:24
39th Overall
12th Tandem Canoe
7th Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Kaydi Pyette Send Message to Paddler

Age: 29

Sex: F

From: Etobicoke, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Wilderness tripping in the Yukon and Northern Ontario.

Aims for this race

Finish with a smile!

Geoff Whitlock Send Message to Paddler

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Etobicoke, ON, Canada

Biographical Information

Wilderness tripping in Ontario.

Aims for this race

Finish!

Team: 59 CAP mixed Voyageur

Sponsors:

CAP engineering has so generously sponsored us in this endeavor!

Time: 67:18:31
34th Overall
9th Voyageur
4th Mixed Voyageur


 
Raelina Jobin Send Message to Paddler
Raelina Jobin

Age: 40

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

I never raced a canoe and as for wilderness experience...I use to be a coyote but I am alright noooooooow!

Aims for this race

To finish and overcome my fear of deep water! Lose 15lbs of fat & gain more muscle ;)

Reasons for entering this race

It's a experience I wouldn't want pass up!

Ian jobin Send Message to Paddler
Ian jobin

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Marathons. Obstacle course races. Biking etc etc

Aims for this race

To finish and make some memories

Reasons for entering this race

Why not ,eh.

Kouciah Graham

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

A lifetime of wilderness experience, hunting, boating, hiking etc. as well as some white water rafting.

Aims for this race

To Finish! In decent Time!

Reasons for entering this race

I have a strong Mind and Body, and look forward to this challenge!

Steven Shorty Send Message to Paddler

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Hunting, Canoed recreationally

Aims for this race

Finish and Compete in the top

Wes kemble Send Message to Paddler

Age: 36

Sex: M

From: Carcross, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Rafting & outdoor adventures

Aims for this race

Finish

Adrienne Hill Send Message to Paddler

Age: 42

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Beginner with some river experience on the takini river, the nisutlin, and canoeing on lake lebarge

Aims for this race

To successfully complete the race

Donna Johns Send Message to Paddler
Donna Johns

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

No race experience, lots of wilderness experience

Aims for this race

My aim is to survive....lol!

Reasons for entering this race

It's on my bucket list

Lori Young Send Message to Paddler
Lori Young

Age: 38

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Grew up in the Yukon out in the wilderness. Have only canoed recreationally, other than facilitating kids Canoe camps when I was a teenager.

Aims for this race

To make it to Dawson.

Reasons for entering this race

Entered on a whim with some family and friends, no backing down now.