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Brian Wilmshurst began competing in dog sled races in 2009, just one year after stepping on the runners for the first time. Since then, he has run several mid-distance races, and completed his first long-distance race in 2012 placing 16th in the Yukon Quest. This international race, followed by thousands, is considered to be not only the most grueling dog sled race on earth, but also the toughest race in the world. Brian competed in the Yukon Quest again in 2013, placing 17th, and in 2014 placed 10th and won the Sportsmanship award.
Brian decided to really challenge himself in 2015, and undertook the Yukon Quest (12th) and the Iditarod (52nd) in the same year! After a season off from racing, Brian and the B-Line crew are back to run the Yukon Quest once again this February 2017.
Brian and his wife Melissa were both born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. Brian spent much of his spare time playing sports during his school years. In 2004, the couple and a few friends decided to head north for a road trip and landed in Dawson City to work for the summer. Brian and Melissa fell in love with the community and the landscape and made a pact to return to Dawson to make it home for good; after a couple of visits back, they made the permanent move in 2006.
Brian spent his first few years in Dawson working in a variety of capacities in the tourism industry. During a tour of Whitehorse, Yukon in 2007, where he was working as a bus driver, Brian had the opportunity to attend the Yukon Quest Start Banquet and watch the mushers take off from the Start Line. He was instantly drawn to the adventure and excitement of dog sled racing, and returned home with plans to purchase a sled and a couple dogs. The next fall, Brian and Melissa found themselves with a beat-up dog sled and 3 dogs. When lack of speed became an issue, Brian began running a local musher's dogs and entered a local recreational race with them. The competitive nature that Bran had developed during his years playing sports in Peterborough kicked in. Soon after the race, Brian and Melissa acquired a property which was once a horse ranc and 6 new sled dogs. This formed the foundation of B-Line Racing Kennels which is now currently home to over 35 Alaskan huskies.