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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Dogs and ponies

Stage Stop: Day 3

The Grand Tetons presented a beautiful backdrop for today’s race outside Driggs, Idaho. The morning sun was smiling on us. Right from the start the teams had to climb a steep hill. Here is the view from the top:

Stacey Teasley in front of the Grand Tetons

Stacey Teasley in front of the Grand Tetons

Then it was into open meadows, rolling hills, and narrow forest trails.

Tugging behind the sled.

Tugging behind the sled.

Every musher has his or her own signature kick. Here is Troy Larsen demonstrating how to finish in third place with one dog in the sled!

Troy Larsen kicking it.

Troy Larsen kicking it…

And finally, the stars of the race. Amazing to see the energy of the dogs after running 30 miles in less than 3 hours with some serious climbs and descents.

Lead dogs

Lead dogs

Looking forward to the next stages. It is supposed to snow…

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One Man's Paradise

Race fever

The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is about to start.  On Friday, January 30, more than 20 teams from all over the world start in Jackson, Wyoming, a 9 nine day race. The teams will cover 40-50 miles each day.  The Stage Stop showcases the beauty of sled dog racing and aims to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, it is a goal of the race to spread the word about the need for childhood immunizations and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations.

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