Ed is Gaining on Them

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]

Help Ed Raise Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

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 Arrives in Dawson in Sixth Place

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.

Media Coverage of Michelle’s Win

Great article about Michelle’s YQ300 win in the Whitehorse Star:http://www.whitehorsestar.com/Sports/michelle-phillips-bests-aliy-zirkle-again-in-yukon-quest-300

Also a good article in the Alaska Newsminer: http://www.newsminer.com/mushing/yukon_quest/extreme-cold-leads-to-king-s-decision-to-scratch-from/article_c5d0a894-b18a-11e4-a225-1be48c551b47.html#.VNrL-PSAzGl.facebook

Michelle & Ed Are Burning Up the Trail

Ed and Michelle are both doing very well. Ed’s average moving speed is 9.2 mph while Michelle has been averaging 10.5. (As I write this, she’s already passed Ed and is about 4 miles ahead of him.) The last reports are that Michelle is solidly in first place in the 300, with Aliy in second, but Aliy’s tracker hasn’t updated in awhile so it’s anyone’s guess exactly where she is. Ed will be taking his mandatory 6-hour rest at Carmacks when he gets there, probably late this afternoon. Michelle will also stay in Carmacks for her mandatory 6-hour rest.