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Michael started helping with the ECX in 2013 as part of the communications team at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area. Being a local in Wallowa County, he was bit by the mushing bug as so many are.  Michael came to Wallowa County in 2001, but left after a year or so. He came back 2004 and has been living in Joseph, Oregon since. Michael’s love for comms and willingness to help in the ECX helped a lot in 2015 where he took on the role as Head Timer.  Having learned from the 10 year ECX Head Timer, Cari Hinesly the two previous years, it was easy for him to take on this role (with help from other officials).  Michael changed his amateur call sign in 2015 from KF7VMK to W7ECX.  Love for the sport and ECX had a big hand in him changing his call sign.  

Gary Kyrouac began mushing in 1998 when he met his wife Dona.  Together they began to build their racing kennel of Siberian Huskies.

During his time on the runners Gary competed in numerous sprint races In Colorado and then moved on to mid-distance races.  He has participated in races like Priest Lake and Ashton, Idaho.  Gary retired from active competition in 2008.

Gary lives in Seeley Lake, Montana with his wife and their remaining huskies.   He spends his time caring for the dogs and training to be a chef.

Dr. Leach will return  to the Eagle Cap Extreme in 2016, for the fifth time.  He  has a number of years’ experience working sled dog races in Alaska, Canada, and Russia.  He and his wife Annie currently live in Big Lake, Alaska.  While Dr. Leach lived and had a  hospital   in Anchorage, he raced in numerous  local sled dog sprint races including the Fur Rondy and The Exxon Open.  He has been both trail veterinarian and  Chief Veterinarian for many  different sled dog races  both sprint , mid and long distance races.

Dr. Leach owned and operated veterinary hospitals in Alaska for 30 years. His special interest was orthopedic surgery. During those years ,  he and his wife , Annie , also operated a flying veterinary practice, providing veterinary services to outlying villages and communities throughout Alaska.  Dr. Leach is now retired from active daily practice, but still flies his Cessna 180 to provide remote services to outlying areas.  As an avocation, Dr. Leach is now actively doing fine art painting and teaching painting classes at their Traildoc Studio in Big Lake, Alaska. 

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Dona’s mushing career started when she went on a sled dog ride in 1989 and, having been bitten by the mushing bug, she soon had two sled dogs and was happily skijoring. It wasn’t long before the skis were replaced with a sled and she and her husband Gary, began building their kennel and participating in competitive racing. Dona has raced many sprint and mid-distance races and since hanging up the runners, she has been a perennial judge of the Eagle Cap Extreme and a judge on the Yukon Quest and several sprint races.

Dona lives in Seeley Lake, Montana with her husband and their retired huskies where she is a jewelry artist and a business coach for artists and small business. Dona is also very involved in Siberian Husky rescue.

Dave started working the Eagle Cap Extreme several years ago working at Checkpoint Ollokot.  He has been working on the trail crew for the last several years.  Dave is currently employed by the United States Forest Service.

Cari was raised in Klamath Falls and has been in the Rogue Valley (except for 4 years in Minnesota) since graduating from Southern Oregon College. For the next 30 years, she was a teacher and a librarian/media specialist in the Eagle Point School District. During their 26 years running sled dogs, she ran many sprint races, a couple of mid-distance races and the Mail Run on the Oregon coast. Also, during most of those years, she was helping her husband,Terry, train for long distance races. She has missed being active in the sport of running sled dogs, but enjoys being connected with it by working races and still being part of the Oregon Dunes Mushersí Mail Run and Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race.