Racer Bios for 2001 Yukon River Quest Entrants

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Team Class Category Team name Members
Team Class Category Team name Members
2 Tandem Canoe mixed s'Tiroler Paarl Arno Pietersteiner, Evi Pietersteiner
4 Tandem Canoe mens Wet Behind the Ears Scott McKim, Brent McKim
6 Tandem Canoe mens Limp-a-long Racing William Kleedehn, Tony Arkand
9 Tandem Canoe mens Willamette Wonders Norm Miller, Todd Hanna
11 Tandem Canoe mens Escape from Pelicans Peter Coates, Thomas Coates
12 Tandem Canoe mens Flying Fools Tom Feil, Jeff Mettler
13 Tandem Canoe mens Sasokeday Clifford Grieves, Leslie Baker
14 Tandem Canoe mixed 15 x 0 Larry Seethaler, Brenda Forsythe
15 Tandem Canoe womens Hairy-Forest Yvonne Harris, Sue Deforest
16 Tandem Canoe mens Quality Time Doug Fraser, Kane Fraser
17 Tandem Canoe mens Coaches Turn Joel Buth, Caleb Richardson
18 Tandem Canoe mens Team UP Steve Landick, Mark Churchill
19 Tandem Canoe mens Slam Dunk Nathan Doering, Brian Horton
20 Tandem Canoe mens Canoe Alaska Hank Timm, Jefferson Jacobs
21 Tandem Kayak mens River Runners Mark Grist, Brendon Grist
22 Tandem Kayak mens Waterbugs Travis Holmes, Christopher Read
23 Tandem Kayak mens Team CFNA Steve Sandahl, Rory Kilburn
24 Solo Kayak mens Heinz Heinz Rodinger
25 Solo Kayak mens Mike Mike Rodinger
26 Solo Kayak mens Yuichi Yuichi Takasaka
27 Solo Kayak womens Grandma Bun Bun Linda Bourassa
28 Voyageur womens Paddlers Abreast Clare Desmaris, Carol Cratty
Janet Moore, Wynne Krangle
Cindy Gilday, Els Lundgaard
Ava Christl, Linda Armstrong
Faye Swerhun, Elvira Knaack
Dawn Olli
42 Tandem Canoe mens River Hounds Rick Brown, Martin Rebele
Team: 2 s'Tiroler Paarl
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mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 60:31:00
11th= Overall
10th Tandem Canoe
1st Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Arno Pietersteiner

Age: 41

Sex: M

From: Axams, Austria | Österreich

Biographical Information

We are both interested in all kinds of sports, especially mountaineering and paddling and we love the wilderness
In 1996 we carried our inflatable canoe from Skagway to Lake Bennett (Chilkoot Trail) an then paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
In 1998 we paddled the Beaver Creek from Fairbanks to the Dalton Highway.
But this is our first paddle race.

Aims for this race

1. To finish the race in time
2. To be the fastest Tyrolean team
3. Still to be a couple afterwards

Evi Pietersteiner

Age: 39

Sex: F

From: Axams, Austria | Österreich

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Team: 4 Wet Behind the Ears
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mens Tandem Canoe

Never 100.0km from Nowhere 0, 0; status:NO CONTACT


 
Scott McKim

Age: 21

Sex: M

From: Allendale, NJ, United States

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

More than 96 hours of fun

Reasons for entering this race

I spun the globe and pointed... Yukon Ho!!

Brent McKim

Age: 21

Sex: M

From: Allendale, NJ, United States

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Reasons for entering this race

We know what canoes are. We've seen them before. We want to try them.

Team: 6 Limp-a-long Racing
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 53:25:00
9th Overall
8th Tandem Canoe
8th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
William Kleedehn

Age: 41   previous races: 2000

Sex: M

From: Carcross, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

run, canoe, dog race

Aims for this race

Tony Arkand

Age: 39

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

competed in 3 canoe races. This will be the fourth one

Aims for this race

Team: 9 Willamette Wonders
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 53:20:00
8th Overall
7th Tandem Canoe
7th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Norm Miller

Age: 38

Sex: M

From: Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Biographical Information

This will be my 2nd canoe race ever. In 1998 I paddled 3500km solo retracing Sir Alexander MacKenzie's 1st voyage to the Arctic Ocean.

Aims for this race

finish around 60 hours; keep the hollw side up; not finish in hospital in Dawson; and be able to drink a beer after the finish.

Todd Hanna

Age: 37

Sex: M

From: Hood River, OR, United States

Biographical Information

Started racing a year ago in Oregon

Aims for this race

Team: 11 Escape from Pelicans
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 54:12:00
10th Overall
9th Tandem Canoe
9th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Peter Coates

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Claremont, CA, United States

Biographical Information

Other than racing the yachts in Newport Harbour while we practice for this silly race we have done no canoe racing at all. But we do beat the yachts.

Aims for this race

If the wind is reasonable we hope to finish in 66hr 40min. Or to finish respectably. Or to finish. Or to survive

Reasons for entering this race

The race is clearly crazy. So are we: we should fit in just fine.
Don't believe Tom if he says this was all my idea)

Thomas Coates

Age: 16

Sex: M

From: Claremont, United States

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Reasons for entering this race

Don't Blame me this was all my Dad's idea.

Team: 12 Flying Fools
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 45:08:00
1st= Overall
1st= Tandem Canoe
1st= Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Tom Feil

Age: 20   previous races: 2000

Sex: M

From: Wenatchee, WA, United States

Biographical Information

Tom and Jeff completed the 2000 Yukon River Quest, their first ever, in second place.
Tom has been an active paddler for over 20 years and has competed in the US and Canadian Canoe Nationals.
They both enjoy biking, running, skiing and many other sports

Aims for this race

To be the fasted team from Washington State (again) and to improve on last year's time of 54h 35min

Jeff Mettler

Age: 33   previous races: 2000

Sex: M

From: Wenatchee, WA, United States

Biographical Information

Tom and Jeff completed the 2000 Yukon River Quest, their first ever, in second place.
Jeff has been paddling for over 7 years and has competed in the US and Canadian Canoe Nationals.
They both enjoy biking, running, skiing and many other sports

Aims for this race

Team: 13 Sasokeday
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 49:52:00
3rd Overall
3rd Tandem Canoe
3rd Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Clifford Grieves

Age: 20

Sex: M

From: Oxford House, MB, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

We want to complete the race in less than 60 hours. We would like to be in the top 10.
This being the first time we compete we would like to surprise everyone with our unexpected endurance, power, and strength.
I Pray for the other people.

Leslie Baker

Age: 20

Sex: M

From: Granville Lake, MB, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Team: 14 15 x 0
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mixed Tandem Canoe

Time: 63:50:00
14th Overall
12th Tandem Canoe
2nd Mixed Tandem Canoe


 
Larry Seethaler

Age: 58   previous races: 2000

Sex: M

From: Anchorage, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Both Dyea to Dawson Races and all Yukon River Quest races

Aims for this race

To finish the race around 72 hours

Brenda Forsythe

Age: 43

Sex: F

From: Wasilla, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Reasons for entering this race

1998 Dyea to Dawson and
2000 Yukon River Quest

Team: 15 Hairy-Forest
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womens Tandem Canoe

Time: 63:16:00
13th Overall
11th Tandem Canoe
1st Womens Tandem Canoe


 
Yvonne Harris

Age: 65   previous races: 2000

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

5th Marathon canoe race - 1st in Yukon team in 2000

Aims for this race

75 hours or less
respectable time
adventure
experience
meet other racers
hear great war stories about the event

Sue Deforest

Age: 26

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

never raced before

Aims for this race

Team: 16 Quality Time
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mens Tandem Canoe

Never 100.0km from Nowhere 0, 0; status:NO CONTACT


 
Doug Fraser

Age: 46

Sex: M

From: 150 Mile House, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Paddled most major rivers in western and northern Canada: Liard, Peel, Fraser, Porcupine, Stikine, etc and many of their tributaries.
Last race was 1998 at Princeton BC, 2nd place finish.

Aims for this race

To finish the race in the allotted time

Kane Fraser

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: Kamloops, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

Accomplished wilderness tripper; last trip was Liard River

Aims for this race

Team: 17 Coaches Turn
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mens Tandem Canoe

Never 100.0km from Nowhere 0, 0; status:NO CONTACT


 
Joel Buth

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Fairbanks, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Canoe racing for several years, US Nationals any many other big races including Across the Islands in Hawaii
Enjoys XC skiing and is a coach of a high school ski team (West Valley

Aims for this race

To have a great time

Caleb Richardson

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Fairbanks, AK, United States

Biographical Information

This will be my first canoe race ever.
Very involved in XC skiing. Also a coach of the West Valley Ski Team

Aims for this race

Team: 18 Team UP
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 45:08:00
1st= Overall
1st= Tandem Canoe
1st= Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Steve Landick

Age: 48

Sex: M

From: Marquette, MI, United States

Biographical Information

28,000 Mile Canoe Trip
25+ years canoe racing

Aims for this race

Mark Churchill

Age: 39

Sex: M

From: Gwina, MI, United States

Biographical Information

Enjoy outdoor sports: x-country skiing, biking, dog-mushing... thought I'd give canoeing a try.

Aims for this race

Win

Team: 19 Slam Dunk
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 50:07:00
4th Overall
4th Tandem Canoe
4th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Nathan Doering

Age: 20

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Never been in a canoe race before (I really know how to pick the first one). I have competed in cycling, running, and cross country skiing events. Currently a member of the Yukon Ski Team and plan on making the National Team one day.
Also, I'm an aquarius and like long walks along the beach!!

Aims for this race

Brian Horton

Age: 20   previous races: 2000

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Took part in the 2000 River Quest. Long time skier, kayaker, outdoor person.

Aims for this race

Team: 20 Canoe Alaska
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 52:29:00
5th Overall
5th Tandem Canoe
5th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Hank Timm

Age: 47

Sex: M

From: Tok, AK, United States

Biographical Information

Dyea to Dawson Races '97 and '09
Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic Races '85, '86', '87, '88

Aims for this race

To get to Dawson before an empty beer bottle thrown into the river at Whitehorse

Jefferson Jacobs

Age: 20

Sex: M

From: Fairbanks, AK, United States

Biographical Information

My only canoe racing experience is trying to beat the other boats to the lunch spot

Aims for this race

Team: 21 River Runners
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mens Tandem Kayak

Never 100.0km from Nowhere 0, 0; status:NO CONTACT


 
Mark Grist

Age: 41

Sex: M

From: Irricanna, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

Innumerable canoe outings in Algonquin and the Kawarthas and ocean kayaking in the beautiful waters of Tofino and Clayoquot Sound

Aims for this race

To finish the race, To enjoy the wild Yukon scenery.
To meet Frank Turner and shake hands with Elvis!

Brendon Grist

Age: 12

Sex: M

From: Irracanna, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Team: 22 Waterbugs
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mens Tandem Kayak

Time: 60:31:00
11th= Overall
1st Tandem Kayak
1st Mens Tandem Kayak


 
Travis Holmes

Age: 27

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

Professional water rat and paddling instructor. Never raced a boat longer than 5 minutes at a time.
Has been training hard in Mexico over the winter and has been praying for high water and low bugs

Aims for this race

We would like to finish in the top 10 K2 and top 25 overall. Our other aim is not to fall asleep in the boat and accidentally drift pass Dawson.

Christopher Read

Age: 28

Sex: M

From: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Biographical Information

Aquatics professional and lifesaving instructor. Was narrowly edged from the medal round at the Canadian Lifesaving Nationals and plans to let off his grief by "paddling like hell" on the Yukon

Aims for this race

Team: 23 Team CFNA
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mens Tandem Kayak

Time: 85:50:00
18th Overall
2nd Tandem Kayak
2nd Mens Tandem Kayak


 
Steve Sandahl

Age: 42

Sex: M

From: Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Biographical Information

Over the horizon Paddler
No previous race experience
26 years of sea kayaking

Aims for this race

Finish the race in less than 72 hours

Rory Kilburn

Age: 45

Sex: M

From: Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Biographical Information

recreational canoeist and kayaker

Aims for this race

Team: 24 Heinz
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mens Solo Kayak

Never 100.0km from Nowhere 0, 0; status:NO CONTACT


 
Heinz Rodinger

Age: 60

Sex: M

From: Gramastetten, Austria | Österreich

Biographical Information

Olympic Games 1972 - Munich (Germany) - Kayak
15 times participant Devizes to Westminster (UK) 200Km
5 times Arctic Canoe Race (Finland) 534Km
10 times Murray River Race (Australia) 404Km
18 times Austrian Champion - single kayak

Aims for this race

To cross the finish line as fast as I can

Team: 25 Mike
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mens Solo Kayak

Time: 52:30:00
6th Overall
1st Solo Kayak
1st Mens Solo Kayak


 
Mike Rodinger

Age: 33

Sex: M

From: Linz, Austria | Österreich

Biographical Information

Devizes to Westminster (UK) 200km
Murray River Race - Australia - 404km
WC-Marathon 1986/87
Arctic Canoe Race (Finland) - 534Km

Aims for this race

Finish the race
To be in the great nature of the Yukon

Team: 26 Yuichi
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mens Solo Kayak

Time: 70:05:00
15th Overall
2nd Solo Kayak
2nd Mens Solo Kayak


 
Yuichi Takasaka

Age: 32

Sex: M

From: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

No racing experience
I have canoed 2 to 4 day wilderness trips in NWT. I am enjoying single kayak in Northwest coats area of BC where strong winds and tides make kayaking very challenging.

Aims for this race

Within 100 hours - before colsing official race
I'd like to challenge myself for endurance

Team: 27 Grandma Bun Bun
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womens Solo Kayak

Time: 77:40:00
16th Overall
3rd Solo Kayak
1st Womens Solo Kayak


 
Linda Bourassa

Age: 48

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Finish the race, enjoy the scenery, take some great photos and have lots of fun.
I'd like to finish in less than 90 hours.

Reasons for entering this race

I enjoy kayaking very much and it is a huge challenge for me. Besides, my son did the race in a bathtub and a kayak is a lot more stable.
Also Mr Patterson (the bear) has to go on some real exciting adventures whilst in the City of Whitehorse's care!

Team: 28 Paddlers Abreast
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womens Voyageur

Time: 77:55:00
17th Overall
1st Voyageur


 
Clare Desmaris

Age: 51

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

none

Aims for this race

Finish under 100 hours

Carol Cratty

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Janet Moore

Age: 48

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Wynne Krangle

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Cindy Gilday

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Els Lundgaard

Age: 46

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Ava Christl

Age: 47

Sex: F

From: whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Linda Armstrong

Age: 45

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Faye Swerhun

Age: 53

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Elvira Knaack

Age: 52

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Dawn Olli

Age: 50

Sex: F

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Aims for this race

Team: 42 River Hounds
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mens Tandem Canoe

Time: 52:57:00
7th Overall
6th Tandem Canoe
6th Mens Tandem Canoe


 
Rick Brown

Age: 29

Sex: M

From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Biographical Information

Have experience with touring, but this is the first competitive race for us

Aims for this race

To satisfy our masochistic tendencies and also to raise funds for the Sunshine Coast SPCA
We also aim to be in Dawson before the banquet with our spirits, bodies, and friendship intact.

Reasons for entering this race

Running the River Quest is a challenge I have looked forward to since moving to the Yukon. I am glad to be finally doing it, and paddling with an old time friend.

Martin Rebele

Age: 31

Sex: M

From: Mission, BC, Canada

Biographical Information

I am a passionate ocean kayaker and have extensive wilderness canoeing experience, mainly in Northern Saskatchewan.

Aims for this race