(Pinedale, Wyo.) – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Four of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with 3:17:06 on the 47-mile trail from Green River Parking area near Cora, Wyoming. It was Peck’s second day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 13.1 MPH with 10 dogs.
Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 3:20:02; Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Mich., was third with 3:22:48; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 3:25:02; and in fifth, Brent Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, had a time of 3:28:32. Lander’s Jerry Bath placed ninth with a time of 3:38:57.
Streeper – defending his 2012 IPSSSDR win – maintains the 2013 overall lead so far with a total time of 11:59:40; Peck is in second with 12:06:24; and Lars Lindh is third with 12:14:22. Bath is currently 10th overall. Complete times are available on the IPSSSDR website at http://www.wyomingstagestop.
Following today’s Pinedale stage, teams left for Lander where a Welcome Mushers reception will be held at the Gannett Grill. On Wednesday, January 30 at 9 a.m., the fifth stage of the race will leave the starting line from Louis Lake Parking Lot up Southpass on a 50-mile course.
The race will travel to Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., over the next week. In addition to Montana and Wyoming , the new 2013 race route crosses into Idaho and Utah, making the IPSSSDR the first sled dog race to span four states, according to Race Director Teasley.
Tonight in Lander there will be a gathering at the Gannett Grill to meet the mushers and watch a film highlighting each team. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Louis Lake Parking Lot on South Pass the Lander leg of the race will start. The public is invited to attend both events, however they are asked to leave their dogs at home.