September 24, 2018

Musher Details

2005 Iditarod » Mushers » Ed Stielstra

Ed Stielstra

Bib Number: 49
Hometown: McMillan, MI
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Biography

Ed, 47, grew up in Ludington, Michigan enjoying competitive sports, dogs and being outside. After high school, he attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science from Lyman Briggs College of Science. Approximately 13 years ago, Ed and his wife left their “real world” jobs to operate Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures and Racing full time. Their kennel is located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, and they offer dog sled adventures geared toward the beginner.

Along with tours and racing, Ed and Tasha combine their mushing experience with their past teaching experience to do presentations for students in kindergarten through 8th grade around the US and abroad. Their “Pulling Together” presentations focus on teamwork and respect from a sled dog’s viewpoint.

When not training dogs and entertaining guests, Ed spends his free time with his two children, Nate, 6, and Fern, 4.

In the 2017 Iditarod, Ed is excited to run a team of one year olds. His racing partner, Laura Neese, will have the adult racing team while Ed will be taking a much slower pace to gain the young dogs valuable trail experience.

Sponsors

Applied Management Support Services, MI
Great Lakes Geo Science, MI
Black River Sleds, WI
AAA Sling and Industrial Supply, MI

Momentum Dog Food/Dr. Tim's Pet Food Company
Bayshore Veterinary Hospital/Dr. Tim Hunt, MI
Nature's Kennel Super Mutt Club Members


2005 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 10:00:00 12 3/05 11:45:00 12 1h 45m
Campbell Airstrip 3/05 12:46:00 12 1h 1m 0.00
Willow 3/06 14:00:00 16 3/06 15:34:00 16 1h 34m 59
Yentna 3/06 19:48:00 16 16 4h 14m 10.63 45
Skwentna 3/07 06:38:00 16 3/07 06:48:00 16 0h 10m 34
Finger Lake 3/07 19:02:00 16 3/07 19:06:00 15 0h 4m 12h 14m 3.68 45
Rainy Pass 3/07 23:04:00 15 3/08 06:14:00 15 7h 10m 3h 58m 7.56 30
Rohn 3/08 11:27:00 15 3/08 17:15:00 15 5h 48m 5h 13m 9.20 48
Nikolai 3/09 08:39:00 15 3/09 08:49:00 15 0h 10m 15h 24m 6.04 93
McGrath 3/09 20:17:00 15 3/09 20:20:00 15 0h 3m 11h 28m 4.19 48
Takotna 3/09 23:04:00 15 3/11 00:06:00 15 25h 2m 2h 44m 8.41 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/11 03:00:00 15 3/11 06:10:00 14 3h 10m 2h 54m 13.10 ✔ 38
Iditarod 3/11 23:55:00 14 3/12 07:00:00 14 7h 5m 17h 45m 5.07 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/12 20:47:00 14 3/12 20:54:00 14 0h 7m 13h 47m 4.72 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/13 01:06:00 14 3/13 09:20:00 13 8h 14m 4h 12m 5.95 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/13 12:28:00 13 3/13 18:32:00 13 6h 4m 3h 8m 5.74 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/14 03:28:00 13 3/14 11:36:00 13 8h 8m 8h 56m 6.72 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/14 19:43:00 13 3/15 05:17:00 12 9h 34m 8h 7m 8.62 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/15 17:15:00 12 3/16 00:29:00 12 7h 14m 11h 58m 7.52 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/16 07:37:00 12 3/16 13:16:00 12 5h 39m 7h 8m 5.61 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/16 19:57:00 12 3/17 02:09:00 12 6h 12m 6h 41m 8.68 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/17 09:03:00 12 3/17 16:07:00 12 7h 4m 6h 54m 6.96 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 22:34:00 12 3/18 06:39:00 12 8h 5m 6h 27m 7.13 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/18 13:32:00 12 3/18 13:37:00 11 0h 5m 6h 53m 7.99 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 16:40:51 11 3h 3m 7.21 ✔ ✔ 22