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Diane Patrick

Lead Medic and Volunteer Coordinator

Diane is a UK registered Paramedic with 15 years pre-hospital and wilderness medical experience. She holds ALS and PHTLS qualifications and is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society. Diane has been involved with the race since 2005 and is responsible for recruiting and coordinating the race medics and checkpoint volunteers. Back in the UK she teaches student Paramedics as well as a range of wilderness responder courses but escapes overseas as much as possible to put her skills to use.

Jessica and Mike

Together with 2 dogs and 2 cats we live in a log home in the woods about 25 km from Whitehorse. The Yukon River is only a 5 minutes walk away from our house. Our spare time we use to find new tours and trails for our guests. And our dogs have been with us on these excursions for many years. Every couple of years we travel to Germany to visit friends and family. Even though we really enjoy these visits, we are always glad to be back home in the Yukon. After having visited us, our friends usually understand why.

Right from the beginning we were involved in the MYAU as sponsors and volunteers. We liked it so much that we decided to get more involved. And here we are. In 2017 you will see us at Scroggie Creek checkpoint.

Shelley Gellaty

Shelley, owner and operator of Northern Athletic Experiences, has lived north of 60 for over 15 years. Her travels have taken her from the Northwest Territories to Alaska and finally to the Yukon.With a Bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and a minor in outdoor education, she designs vacations to highlight the best running and athletic adventures the Yukon has to offer. Therefore, it was a must for her to have a go at the first edition of the Yukon Arctic Ultra. And her effort was phenomenal. She completed the 100 miles on foot and placed 2 nd overall. In the YAU 2004 Shelley entered the 300 miles. Again she did really well. After this experience, Shelley decided to get more involved in the organisation.Her work experience includes 19 years with national and territorial parks in Canada. Over that same period she has worked as an exercise physiology lab technician, aerobics instructor, cross country ski guide, race organizer, fitness appraiser and coach. Her competitive pursuits have included several marathons (trail and road), triathlons, ski loppets, one Ironman, and biathlon and snowshoeing at the biennial Arctic Winter Games with several age group and overall top three placings.Her paper credentials include: Certified Fitness Consultant with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists, Level 2 Certification with the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada, Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR, membership with the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association. She is a licensed Wilderness Tourism operator for the Yukon.Anybody from Canada wanting to participate in the MYAU should contact Shelley. Everybody else who would like to exchange cold weather running experiences or ask for advise is welcome to contact her, too. Shelley's email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gary Rusnak

I am a father of 2 beautiful and talented daughters, all of my spare time is spent with my family and friends enjoying the Yukon "back yard". I am up for pretty much any adventure as long as there is solid trustworthy company, some risk and challenge involved. I look forward to being a part of your MYAU experience, see you on the trail.

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Spencer and Glenn Toovey

"The Father and Son Team"
We were both born in Southern Canada, and have been in the Yukon since the early 90s. Making a living in the carpentry business keeps us busy throughout the year. As father and son, we are always looking for any outing or adventure that we can do together. Behind our success is our loving wife and Mother Tricia. The Ultra allows us to work as a team and meet amazing people every year.

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Jo Stirling

I have been involved in the MYAU since 2012 when I first came across to the Yukon on a reconnaissance mission and as a volunteer for the race. In 2013 I brought my then boyfriend Stewart Stirling and we attempted the 100 mile distance on skis but I was stopped in my tracks by an infected blister (pay heed racers!) but I have been back as a volunteer ever since and love both the Yukon and the race. No stranger to cold places I have skied across Greenland with sled dogs and lived in Norway. My job is to run the race headquarters from Scuttlebutt Lodge at Braeburn Lake and man the phone, monitor the SPOT, coordinate stuff, update the website and keep everyone at home informed about how the race is going. I get to sit in a cosy cabin doing all this while all you crazies are out there suffering in the cold. Where would I rather be though …?

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Robert Siefke

Robert moved to the Yukon in 2009 from Germany and has spent as much time as possible since then in the great outdoors. As a wilderness tour guide he has had the opportunity to see many beautiful Yukon places and rivers. He is a returning volunteer for the Yukon Quest and part of Yukon Search and Rescue. Loving the winters here in the Yukon his favourites are snow covered trails and the quietness of a aurora filled night.

Robert helps with checkpoint set-up, Scroggie Creek CP and there is a good chance you will see him out on the trail.

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Stewart Stirling

Since retiring from the Police Service after my 30 year stint I have been involved almost exclusively with the outdoor industry. As a result I have been lucky enough to lead expeditions to Nepal, Borneo, Thailand and Laos. As well as the “hot stuff” I’m keen on colder climates as well and have spent time x country skiing in Norway and winter climbing in Scotland. I have been involved in long expeditions and mountain challenge events in the UK and I have also diversified into cycle guiding, leading groups on London to Paris, London to Brussels and across the Alps on Milan to Monaco rides. One of my highlights was leading a group of 24 up Kilimanjaro. Who knows what 2017 will bring. I’m really pleased to be assisting with the set up and running of Dog Grave Lake again. I know only too well what a welcome sight a checkpoint can be when out on the trail.

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Sarah Johnson

I am an Advanced Paramedic with a BSc in Health Sciences working for the NHS Ambulance Service. I have worked in various operational and management roles over my career in the last 18 years, and have completed several operational secondments in Tanzania, New Zealand and more recently, as a Flight Paramedic in the UK. I have worked as a Medic on several expeditions in The Himalayas, Mongolia, and also last year in Bolivia. Although I am a keen stargazer, I have never seen the aurora before, so I am hoping to be able share my first experience of it with some competitors, crew or both ...!

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Trish Johnson

I served for over 17 years as a Firefighter before retraining 12 years ago as a Paramedic with the NHS Ambulance Service. I am now an Advanced Paramedic and student mentor, and I have also worked as a Medic on several fell running events, as well as on a challenging motorcycle tour at altitude through the Himalayas. I have a deep love of travelling, adventure, and the great outdoors and I am really looking forward to being part of the MYAU team and meeting all of the 2017 competitors.

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Lucy Tanner

I'm a Coastguard in the UK and this will be my third time working as a volunteer on the MYAU. It's always a great adventure involving amazing people both athletes and support team. I'm looking forward to seeing old and new faces in 2017.

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Stu Goldie

Currently serving in the British Army, I started off as a Combat Medic in 2009 before deploying to Afghanistan in 2012. After coming home, I qualified as a Paramedic with an FdSc in Paramedic Practice in 2016. Before joining the Forces, for 6 years I lived, worked and played north of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky as a ski instructor for Whistler Blackcomb and called Canada home. When I wasn't working, you would find me in the middle of nowhere climbing, hiking and camping out with friends. Now days, home is where ever the army sends me. During my summers, I used to defrost below the waves as a PADI Divemaster and Commercial Diver. So the adventure continues ...

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Adam Ledwith

Adam has been working as a International First Aid & Rescue at Heights trainer for the last 3 years and recently qualified as a Remote Area Medic. Adam was part of the medical team for the 2016 MYAU and is looking forward to joining the team again in 2017.

 

We look forward to meeting you all at one of our checkpoints or out on the trail!

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    SPOT tracking during MYAU 2018
    I just added information on our usage of SPOT trackers in the FAQ section. All athletes who participate next year should read it carefully. If you bring your own SPOT or Garmin inReach please let me ...

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