Dogs and ponies

Stage Stop: Finale

After eight days of racing we have a winner: Five-time Stage Stop champion, Blayne “Buddy” Streeper from Fort Nelson, BC, Canada, successfully defended his title with an overall time of 27 hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds. Congratulations!

Thumbs up! Buddy Streeper wearing the yellow bib in Driggs, ID.

Thumbs up! Buddy Streeper wearing the yellow bib in Driggs, ID.

John Stewart from Draper, UT, came in close second, just a tad over 15 min behind the winner.

John Stewart cruising to a second place overall.

John Stewart cruising to a second place overall.

Third place goes to Bruce Magnusson from Michigan, 12 min behind the second place.

JR Anderson from Minnesota missed the podium by just a minute!

JR Anderson on his way up with the Tetons in the background.

JR Anderson on his way up with the Tetons in the background.

All 15 mushers that entered the 20th anniversary race finished. Well done! Find more information about the race here.

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3 thoughts on “Stage Stop: Finale

  1. Do the dogs need ‘resting up’ after a long race such as this? Since these dogs are bred for mushing, get excited and yearn to go for a ‘run’ each time you harness them, I wondered if the longer race pushes them to their limits? I haven’t read enough to know about this particular race.

    Scott should have taken only Huskies to the South Pole instead of ponies/dogs/motor sledges. I’m sure they would have saved him and his mates in that final push to the next food cache.

    • The Stage Stop is considered a sprint race, a few days off and they are good to go, unless they suffered muscle or joint injuries during the race. At least one team used this race as a warm-up to the Iditarod, which is much more an endurance, long-distance race. I am not an expert musher, but I believe mushers and dogs can handle about one or two long distance races a year…

      Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole using sled dogs and skis… He started with 52 dogs and returned with 11!

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