PAUL McLARNON

 

Paul  Pups.JPGPaul moved to Alaska in August 1993 from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania to attend Sheldon Jackson College (SJC) in Sitka.  While studying Aquatic Resources at SJC he met Erin.  In 1995 Paul graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries Science.

Since graduating from SJC, Paul has worked as a Fish Culturist at Port Armstong Hatchery, a Solid Waste Specialist for the State of Alaska and he now currently works for HDR, Alaska as a Fisheries Biologist in charge of various projects across Alaska.

Paul started running dogs in 1997 and has participated in several mid-distance races such as the:  Knik 200, Copper Basin 300, Arctic Arrow 200, Chugiak 50/50, Klondike 300, Don Bowers 200.  Paul as also completed the 800-mile Norman Vaughan Serum Run '25 back in 2005.  Someday he would like to run the ever famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

 

 

 

ERIN McLARNON

 

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Erin moved to Alaska in January 1993 from Connersville, Indiana to attend Sheldon Jackson College (SJC) in Sitka. Her plans were to attend a semester or two at SJC then return to Franklin College where she played number one singles and doubles on the college tennis team as well as chaired many different committees. Well, she tried returning but within a couple of weeks decided that her heart was really in Alaska and she much enjoyed the slower pace of life. So, after a few weeks absence she returned to SJC with her sister and met Paul that Fall.

She graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries Science in 1995. After graduation Erin worked for the National Park Service - Sitka National Historical Park as their first Ranger Naturalist, as a Fish Shlep at a remote hatchery, jail guard in Nondalton, librarian, subsititute teacher, and she worked for Powercorp Alaska, a small power controls company based out of Darwin, Australia as their General Manager, the list goes on and on. Today, she is the Executive Director of Alaska Trails, a statewide non-profit group who advocates for trails and also owns her own company, Wind-Diesel North America. 

Erin in Nome.JPGErin has organized and/or participated in the 800-mile Norman Vaughan Serum Run six times and is  currently preparing for #7 in 2011. She has tried running one race, the 2006 Don Bowers 200-mile and decided that she might leave the racing up to Paul for the time being, but hasn't given up her dream to someday run the 1000-mile Yukon Quest. Right now, she enjoys tooling around 40-60 miles a day enjoying the dogs and the scenery.

 2010 Cabo Trip - fun in the sun!