Today's winner Aaron Peck spoke to the crowd before hitting the trail this morning. (Joshua Scheer photo)
Today's winner Aaron Peck spoke to the crowd before hitting the trail this morning. (Joshua Scheer photo)

Today’s winner Aaron Peck spoke to the crowd before hitting the trail this morning. (Joshua Scheer photo)

(Lander, Wyo.) – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Five of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of  3:03:06 on the 42-mile trail from Louis Lake Parking Lot on South Pass near Lander.  It was Peck’s third day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 13.8 MPH with 10 dogs.

Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 3:04:58; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 3:06:20; in fourth, William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, had a time of 3:09:00; and in fifth Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 3:11:56. Lander’s Jerry Bath had his best placing of the series so far, coming in eighth place at 3:16:37.

Streeper – defending his 2012 IPSSSDR win – maintains the 2013 overall lead so far with a total time of 15:04:38; Peck is closing in on that time in second place overall with 15:09:30; and Lindh is third with 15:20:42. Bath moved up to seventh overall. Complete times are available on the IPSSSDR website athttp://www.wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php.

Following today’s Lander stage, teams left for Big Piney/Marbleton where a Welcome Mushers  reception will be held at the Marbleton Senior Center. On Thursday, at 9 a.m., the sixth stage of the race will leave the starting line from the Middle Piney Parking lot.

The race will travel to Kemmerer, Mountain View and Evanston, Wyo., through Saturday. 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.