Jerry Bath sitting fourth heading into final IPSSSDR timed stage on Friday; Streeper still overall leader

(Evanston, Wyo.) – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, posted the fastest  time on Day Six of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of  2:59:01. Running 12 dogs, Peck averaged 13.4 miles-per-hour on the 43-mile-trail that started in the Bridger Valley and ended south of Evanston.

Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, was second with a time of 3:04:42. In third,  John Stewart from Scotland had a time of 3:07:39. Lander’s Jerry Bath finished further back in the pack Thursday, coming in ninth with a time of 3:31:08. His 10 dog team averaged 11.4 mph on the course.

In overall times, Streeper maintains the lead with 16:42:30. Peck is second with 16:58:29. Stewart is third with 17:04:31 and Bath is fourth, but by one tick less than a minute over William Kornmuller. Bath’s cumulative time is 17:59:22 and Kornmuller sits at 18:00:21.

Friday’s stage is the last timed stage of the race–taking off from from North Slope Road, 30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Hwy 150, and  finishing at the Deadhorse Trailhead south of Mountain View.

Following the Day Seven stage, Mountain View hosts Musher Mania at Mountain View Town Hall Friday afternoon from 4 – 6 p.m.  On Saturday, Feb. 4, Lyman hosts a Flapjack Frenzy from 7 – 9 a.m. at the Heritage Barn before the race leaves for Park City.  The race concludes in Park City, Utah, at Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex with Meet the Mushers from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the Junior  Mushers Race at noon.  Select students, aged 9 to 13, from schools throughout Wyoming and Utah volunteered in their communities to earn the right to compete in the kids’ race.

At 6 p.m. the Awards Banquet takes place at the Prospector, 2175 Sidewinder Drive in Park City.

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, the largest dog sled race in the lower 48
states, was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public.  For a complete schedule, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org.

The starting line drew a big crowd in Sinks Canyon south of Lander for Day Two's stage of the IPSSSDR. Lander Musher Jerry Bath is currently in fourth place with one timed stage remaining. (Pet Connection Photo)

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