2018 Race Officials

2018 Race Officials

 

Doug Harris: Race Marshal

Canadian

Doug returns to the Yukon Quest bringing his lifetime of experience in not only dog mushing but officiating as well. Running dogs for over 20 years, Doug has also finished the Yukon Quest twice and raced mid-distance races in Yukon, Alaska, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Recently, he was part of a group of mushers who retraced the old trails of the early 1900's from Dawson City, YT to Ft. McPherson, NWT. This will be Doug's third time as Race Marshal, having been Race Judge and YQ300 Marshal as well. He was lured back by the opportunity to see the trail again, interact with the communities and volunteers and help ensure the mushers and dogs have a safe race. 

 

Devan Currier: YQ300 Race Marshal

American

Devan brings 22 years of experience raising and running sled dogs in Alaska. He still has 16 dogs in training and six retired sled dogs. In addition to his annual caribou hunting trip north of the Brooks Range, he is a 2002 and 2004 Iditarod finisher, and has run many mid-distance races around Alaska. He has helped put in trail and worked at the Two Rivers checkpoint in past years. Devan is returning from last year as a Race Judge and will be the YQ300 Race Marshal as well this year. His years of experience and racing knowledge have become invaluable to us as part of the Officials Team. 

2018 Race Judges

Mel Besharah

Canadian

Mel is back this year as a judge for the 11th time, continuing his lengthy history with the race. He served as Race Marshal in 2003 and has seen alot of changes since his first race in 1999. Mel brings a lifetime of experiences in the bush and back country travel that give him a unique perspective to help mushers in their journey down the trail. His guidance in previous races has helped countless "back of the pack" mushers finish the race. 

 

Barbara Moore

American

Barbara has been training sled dogs since 1976, starting in Nome, Alaska. She has run numerous races, including the Iditarod in 1980. Helping with the Junior YQ, Barb still has sled dogs and enjoys helping new people getting into the sport. Having officiated for other races, she is looking forward to providing guidance to mushers in the YQ300 and helping them remember to keep a level head and common sense along with a good attitude to get through the challenges of the race with happy, healthy dogs. 

 

Jason Severs

American

Jason was a race judge in 2015 for the YQ300 and is looking forward to seeing places he has never been and being a part of the next great story waiting to be told. He brings his diverse experience from the Copper Basin 300 with him, starting as a volunteer and now, board president and Race Manager. Knowing the organizational side, as well logistics and judging perspectives, Jason hopes to help mushers follow their dreams and finish with happy, healthy teams.

 

Blaine Walden

Canadian

Blaine leaves 20 sled dogs at home to join us as a Race Judge. With 40 years experience running dogs in the Yukon, combined with operating a dogsled tour company for 20 years, we are looking forward to his knowledge on the trail. He has also raced mid-distance races and has been on many expeditions. He holds the unique honor of being the first dogteam over the White Pass since the Great Gold Rush, when he won the 1985 Caribou Classic from Whitehorse to Skagway to Whitehorse. 

 

Brian Wilmshurst

Canadian

Brian grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, and moved to Dawson City, Yukon in 2006. He started competing in sled dog races in 2009, and is now a five-time finisher of the Yukon Quest, as well as an Iditarod finisher. His best finish in the Yukon Quest was 10th place in 2014, when he also took home the Sportsmanship Award. Brian returns for his second time as Race Judge and is looking foward to helping ensure a fair and safe competition for all teams. 

 

Amy Wright

American

Amy started running dogs in Junior Races when she was seven years old and retired in 2005. She is a Yukon Quest finisher, has been a handler for 11 Yukon Quest races, and is returning as a Race Judge. She has been involved in and watched the race grow since the first race in 1984 and is pleased to be more closely involved again. The dogs, the sportsmanship between the mushers on the trail helping each other and communities and volunteers along the way are all things she is looking forward to.