June 18, 2018

Musher Details

2011 Iditarod » Mushers » Ed Stielstra

Ed Stielstra

Bib Number: 56
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

Dogbooties.com, MN
Great Lakes Geoscience, MI
ND Industries, MI
Performance Promotions Group, IL

Lee/Claudia Nowak, MI
Michele Seng, IN
Kathy/Garry Hogan, PA


2011 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 11:58:00 12
Willow 3/06 15:48:00 16
Yentna Station 3/06 19:28:00 16 3/06 19:34:00 16 0h 6m 3h 40m 12.27 45
Skwentna 3/06 22:37:00 16 3/07 05:11:00 16 6h 34m 3h 3m 11.15 34
Finger Lake 3/07 10:11:00 16 3/07 16:21:00 16 6h 10m 5h 0m 9.00 45
Rainy Pass 3/07 19:49:00 16 3/08 03:56:00 16 8h 7m 3h 28m 8.65 30
Rohn 3/08 07:55:00 16 3/08 13:42:00 15 5h 47m 3h 59m 12.05 48
Nikolai 3/09 04:15:00 15 3/09 04:21:00 15 0h 6m 14h 33m 5.15 75
McGrath 3/09 15:19:00 15 3/09 15:22:00 15 0h 3m 10h 58m 4.92 54
Takotna 3/09 17:37:00 15 3/10 17:52:00 15 24h 15m 2h 15m 8.00 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/10 20:13:00 15 3/10 20:27:00 14 0h 14m 2h 21m 10.64 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/11 11:45:00 14 3/11 18:56:00 12 7h 11m 15h 18m 5.88 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/12 02:41:00 12 3/12 08:10:00 12 5h 29m 7h 45m 8.39 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/12 11:18:00 12 3/12 11:21:00 12 0h 3m 3h 8m 7.98 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/12 13:59:00 12 3/12 19:54:00 12 5h 55m 2h 38m 6.84 ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/13 04:19:00 12 3/13 12:38:00 12 8h 19m 7h 25m 8.09 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/13 21:30:00 12 3/14 04:45:00 12 7h 15m 8h 52m 7.89 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/14 14:40:00 12 3/14 20:35:00 12 5h 55m 9h 55m 9.08 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/15 02:17:00 12 3/15 07:25:00 12 5h 8m 5h 42m 7.37 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/15 13:19:00 12 3/15 19:21:00 12 6h 2m 5h 54m 8.14 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/16 00:52:00 12 3/16 04:49:00 12 3h 57m 5h 31m 8.70 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 11:34:00 12 3/16 19:34:00 11 8h 0m 6h 45m 6.81 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 02:05:00 11 3/17 02:05:00 11 0h 0m 6h 31m 8.44 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 05:01:30 11 2h 56m 7.50 ✔ ✔ 22