Ed Hopkins of Tagish Lake Kennel began mushing in 1986 while handling dogs for Harry Sutherland. After a few years of running his own team, Ed handled dogs for Susan Butcher for two seasons, running her yearlings in the Yukon Quest in 1993 and 1994.
Ed has run the Yukon Quest 10 times, earning the prestigious Yukon Quest Sportsmanship Award along the way. In 2015, he returned to the Yukon Quest trail wearing bib #20 and finished in third place.
In 2019 Ed ran the Iditarod and received the Rookie of the Year award.
In 2015, Ed returned to the Yukon Quest trail wearing bib #20 (his original number) and finished in third place.
In 2016, Ed was back on the trail and again finished in the top five! In the 2017 Yukon Quest, Ed again finished in the top 5!
Ed Hopkins’ passion for the sport of mushing and the well-being of his dogs has been reflected in the awards he has collected. He received the humanitarian award at the Kobuk 440, the Sportsmanship Award at the Yukon Quest, Rookie of the Year in the Iditarod, plus over his years racing the Percy De Wolfe, he took home the Sportsmanship Award (three times), the Humane Society Award and the Vet’s Choice Award.