29 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST Musher
Nationality:
American
Current Residence:
Ester, Alaska
Occupation(s):
Guide, Research Technician
Kennel Name:
Mushing Malarkey
Kennel Name Origination:
My good friend and fellow musher Jacob Witkop, has an art for re-naming my dogs. One of my leaders, Meloz, who has a rock for a hand and a face only a mother could love, became Malarkey very early on to Jacob. He is a particulary goofy and senseless dog,
Kennel Bloodlines:
The Melting Pot - King, Zirkle, Erhart, Hall
Breeds:
Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
14

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
4 years
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2022 race with you

My kennel is named after one of my dogs Lhotse. I got him as a yearning from my friend Lauro Eklun and he came with the name Melozi. He is a very silly dog and quickly got the nickname Marlarkey 

How did you get started running dogs?

I got a job doing research with sprint musher and scientist Arleigh Reynolds and immediately got hooked on dogs.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?

I really like working with young dogs and watching them develop it's all worth it when you get out in the country with a nice team and can enjoy the camps and wilderness.

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?
I've always wanted to run on the Yukon and to visit Eagle, I can do both!
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?

Most of my dogs came with names. The dogs I have named, I've received endless criticism from friends, so I am excited to have a litter and think of some new and even more sillier names for them.

What music do you listen to on the trail?

I listen to a wide range of podcasts but will throw on some Queen, Dave Mathews Band or pop hits occasionally.

Share a quick story about one of your indispensable Handlers

I am a one-man operation!

Tell us about your favourite experience with a volunteer on the trail
Words of encouragement and a high-five from volunteers goes a long way. I appreciate that they are standing out in the cold to keep things safe for us.
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Year: 2021; Race: Two Rivers 200; Finish Position: 2nd
Year: 2021; Race: Copper Basin 300; Finish Position: 18th
Year: 2020; Race: Yukon Quest 300; Finish position: 9th