Ryne Olson, 2017 Copper Basin 300 Champion

Mendenhall Glacier

Ryne Olson of Ryno Kennel was the 2017 Copper Basin 300 Champion.

Ryne is originally from Durango, Colorado where she first had the opportunity to try mushing. For a thirteenth birthday present, she was given a dog sled ride from her parents; however, no one realized the long-lasting impact. Seven years later, Ryne still remembered her mushing experience, so she left college to pursue her mushing dream. After racing in Montana and Michigan, Ryne moved north to train and race with SP Kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska. In 2012, she ran the SP Kennel's Red and Black Team in the 1000-mile Iditarod Race, solidifying her next step: starting her own kennel. Three years later, Ryne and the team completed the 1000-mile Yukon Quest as well as placing in the top three in multiple mid-distance races throughout the season.