Michelle is on the Way to Ruby

Michelle is pulling into a popular camping spot between Tanana and Ruby, which at other times of the year is a Bible camp. It’s 119 miles between checkpoints in this stretch so it’ll be interesting to see how teams break up the runs and for how long they camp. Some teams favor resting in checkpoints, so this year’s Iditarod, with a few uncharacteristically long runs will be more challenging for some than others. Michelle and her team are very comfortable with camping and it’s part of their training. Michelle prefers quiet areas to rest the dogs and herself and often camps out on the trail.

The official standings has her in 13th place but keep in mind that it’s early in the race. Time differentials have yet to be applied, and historically, some of the teams which run in the front at the beginning of the race lose steam and fall way back before the finish line. It’s still anyone’s race. If you haven’t seen the Ceremonial Start and Race photos of Michelle and team, be sure to check them out on our photos page.

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About Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins

Michelle Phillips and Ed Hopkins run Tagish Lake Kennel. Combined, they have more than 40 years’ experience mushing dogs in mid-distance and longer races.

Ed started racing dogs 27 years ago. He began his mushing career in 1986 handling dogs for Harry Sutherland. After a few years of running his own team, Ed handled dogs for Susan Butcher for two seasons and ran her yearlings in the Yukon Quest in…
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