19 — Ed Stielstra from McMillan, Michigan.
Ed grew up in Ludington, Michigan enjoying competitive sports, dogs, and, mostly, simply being outside. After high school, he attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science from Lyman Briggs College of Science. About 17 years ago, Ed was attracted to the immense passion that sled dogs live with. That’s when he left his “real world” job and moved to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula to operate Nature’s Kennel Sled Dog Adventures and Racing. In addition to running dogs, his favorite activities are traveling with his two children, Nate and Fern, and spending time outdoors and in the woods. Ed has competed in eight Iditarods, plus numerous mid-distance races throughout the lower 48. He is looking forward to adding the Stage Stop to his resume.