Streeper posts fastest time in Day Two of IPSSSDR
Events got underway on Friday in Jackson Hole. Photo by Chris Havener
Mushers Race from Montana to Idaho for the first time
by International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race
January 27, 2013
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013: Blayne "Bud" Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Two of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of 4:09:20 on the 56-mile-trail from West Yellowstone, Montana. Running 10 dogs, Streeper averaged 13.5 miles per hour on the trail – the first time the IPSSSDR has raced on this particular trail that finished at the Bear Gulch Trailhead ten miles outside Ashton, Idaho.
Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was second with a time of 4:12:24; Ryan Redington from Wasilla, Alaska, was third with a time of 4:13:31; William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, was fourth with a time of 4:17:44; and in fifth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Oregon, posted a time of 4:19:08. Complete times are available at http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php?stage=2.
Following the West Yellowstone, Montana, stage, teams left for Alpine, Wyoming, where a community dinner awaits them. On Monday, January 28 at 9 a.m. the race will leave the starting line in Alpine on a 56-mile course.
The race will travel to Pinedale, Lander, Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyoming over the next week. The race trail’s Montana and Wyoming stages cross into Idaho and Utah with the new 2013 route, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley.
The IPSSSDR concludes on Saturday, February 2 in Uinta County outside of Evanston, Wyoming. After the big finish, mushers will partner with select students from participating race communities for the Jr. Stage Stop fun race. The kids’ race will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the IPSSSDR’s North Slope Road Trailhead finish line, 30 miles south of Evanston. The IPSSSDR awards banquet will take place that night at 6:00 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10.
The race’s "stage stop" racing format allows the IPSSSDR to stop in a different community along the race route each night, allowing Wyoming’s host towns to show their hospitality: Festivities for mushers and spectators alike include pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals, and snowshoe softball.
With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world’s top competitors.
Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.
The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race works to spread the word in support of the need for childhood immunizations—and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route with many communities using the funds for childhood immunization programs. For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org or contact the race at 307-734-1163.