32 year old Yukon Quest rookie
LeRoy Shank, Northern Alaska Tour Company, 40 Mile Air, Tammi, Isaac and Ari
Current Residence: Alaska
Kennel Name: SunRa Kennel / Laughing Eyes Kennel
Name Origination: SunRa is Cosmic Jazz. Running dogs is out of this world.
Kennel Bloodlines: Janssen, Shank, Neff, Erhart, Baker
Breeds: Alaskan Husky/Hound Mix
# of Dogs in Kennel: 50
Musher Question & Answer
How many years have you been running dogs?
Tell us about your dogs?
PeeWee, a three-year-old (named after PeeWee Herman) will be one of my main leaders. PeeWee's father (Stevie Ray) was one of Hugh Neff's main leaders when he won the Yukon Quest in 2016.
How did you get started running dogs?
My Grandpa LeRoy started the Yukon Quest and I just wanted to be as cool as him.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?
I love that we get to be alone together. It's like taking your kids on vacation!
Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To finish before my Grandpa passes away. To finish with happy pups.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
SunRa, Zappa, Thingfish, Laurie Anderson, Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Fela Kuti, Pixies, Sonic Youth
How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
With a lot of thought
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2019 The Goose Bay 150, 8th Place; 2018 The Kobuk 440, 7th Place; 2018 The YQ300, 9th Place; 2018 The Solstice 50, 13th Place