Ryne Olson

28 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Feniks and Co, LLC; Alaska Commercial Rentals; Happy the Sled Dog; Home Town Physical Therapy; Talespin Media; T Rose Veterinary Service; Wilderness Athlete; Runa; Family; Friends; The North Company and Ryno Kennel Sponsors

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Two Rivers, Alaska
Occupation(s): Dog musher, guide at Last Frontier Mushing Co-op
Kennel Name: Ryno Kennel
Name Origination: Nickname
Kennel Bloodlines: SP Kennel, Little, King, Mackey
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 41


Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
8

Tell us about your dogs?
I am hoping Lefty and Goblin will be joining me on the Quest this year - they were two superstar leaders from the 2017 Quest. And of course my core team members - Rucu, Supai, Kindi, Katy, Cartel, Coot, Drake, Fenton, Perm, Jana, Drummer, and the list goes on! There are some fired up two-year-olds that are vying for a spot on the team too! We'll see!

How did you get started running dogs?
As a kid from Durango, CO, my parents gave me the best 12th birthday present: a dog sled ride. That's all it took. I contacted Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore. After working with them, they helped me start my own kennel!

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
This question stumps me every time. I love everything about running dogs. Perhaps a better question - what do you love most about life? Answer - running dogs.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Two Rivers Dog Mushing Association

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
My goal is to have our perfect race, meaning the dogs have fun, I have fun and we do our absolute best.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Anything, everything, nothing.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Friends and family help choose the names. For example - the Ecuadorians (Ruco, Kindi, Supa); the Outlaws (Lefty, Fenton, "Belle" Star, Calamity Jane "LJ"); the Ducks (Coot, Drake, Brant); the Card Games (Fish, Blitz, Uno, Yuker).

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2017 Yukon Quest - 9th 2017 Copper Basin - 1st, Vet's Choice Award 2016 Iditarod - 59th 2015 Yukon Quest - 13th

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2017 9 11d 10h 47m
2015 13 12d 02h 11m