Mike Ellis

47 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Friends + Family, Chena Vet Clinic

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Fairbanks, Alaska
Occupation(s): Musher
Kennel Name: Team Tsuga Siberians
Name Origination: Tsuga canadensis is Latin for the Hemlock tree. Our kennel started in a hemlock grove.
Kennel Bloodlines: Tsuga Siberians
Breeds: Siberian Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 36


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
24

Tell us about your dogs?
They are all bred and raised by us and will live out their entire lives with us.

How did you get started running dogs?
Scooping poop.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
The dogs.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I have a problem.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Phish, and whatever else suites the moment.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Mostly song names

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2016 Yukon Quest- 10th; 2015 Yukon Quest- 10th; 2011 Yukon Quest- 8th; 2010 Yukon Quest- 13th; 2008 Yukon Quest- 11th

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2016 10 10d 17h 36m
2015 10 11d 8h 37m
2014 - Scratched
2012 - Scratched
2011 8 12d 9h 59m
2010 13 10d 20h 47m
2009 - Scratched
2008 11 12d 9h 58m