Ground Effect Media is a proud sponsor of Michelle and Ed and Tagish Lake Kennel. In addition to designing and building websites, we also provide social media services. As always, it’s been a blast “following” Michelle and Ed down the trail and posting updates on their Facebook page and website blog. In the spirit of mushing, from now until the red lantern team crosses the finish line, we’re offering a 10% discount on our website services. Contact me at 206-659-1373 for details. –Jennifer http://groundeffectmedia.com/.
Without sponsors, Tagish Lake Kennel wouldn’t be able to participate in races like the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. Michelle and Ed are very grateful for that support and would like to thank Spike and Lindy of Alaskan Discovery RV Tours for being a major sponsor. Have you ever dreamed of travelling caravan-style through Alaska and Canada? Start planning your dream trip now with Alaskan Discovery: http://www.rvalaskatours.com/
As a long distance race continues, it’s not unusual to see teams slow down; they get tired, no surprise. Ed is bucking that trend.
His speed rank (a calculation made by people much smarter than me who use a formula involving distance and speed) has dramatically increased from checkpoint to checkpoint.
When he reached Pelly, Ed’s speed was the 11th fastest compared to other teams. Brent’s was the fastest of all. By Dawson, Ed’s speed rank increased to 5. (Allen more had the fastest time, Brent had the second fastest.) When Ed arrived in Eagle, his speed rank increased to 1.
Simply put, he got there from Dawson faster than the previous four teams. In practical terms, he’s gaining on everyone in front of him. By a lot. And when his team arrived in Eagle, YQ folks reported that they looked strong.
Will Ed catch up to those in front of him and maybe even pass one or more teams? I don’t know, but it’ll be exciting to watch. –Jennifer [A huge thanks goes out to the Mushing Tech for supplying race data including run times: https://www.facebook.com/MushingTech]
Ed and his team are resting in Dawson City and will leave tomorrow at 10:32 am. Michelle and their handler MC are making sure Ed and the pups are pampered and spoiled.
During this downtime I wanted to let you know that Ed is running for a very special cause: to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Ed and Michelle’s son Keegan was recently diagnosed with this potentially life threatening condition and since then Michelle and Ed have learned more about this disease than they’d ever anticipated. They’ve now teamed with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure.
Please support Ed in his 10 day Yukon Quest trek by helping them raise awareness and funds for the JDRF. Find out more here: http://jdrfca.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=262636
Ed has arrived in Dawson shortly for his 24 hour mandatory well deserved rest. He’s jumped a spot and is now in 6th place! Congrats Ed and team– you’re doing great.
Donations go toward dog care, racing gear, dog food, medicines, entry fees and other expenses that enable Michelle and Ed to compete in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.
Tagish Lake Kennel
Tagish, Yukon, Canada