(Big Piney, Wyo.) – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Six of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of 2:26:20 on the 28-mile trail from Big Piney. It was Peck’s fourth day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 11.5 MPH with 10 dogs.
Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 2:29:19; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 2:31:24; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 2:33:21; and William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, was in fifth with a time of 2:36:58. Lander’s Jerry Bath came in 12th with a time of 2:49:44.
Streeper maintains the 2013 overall lead so far with a total time of 17:33:57 ; Peck is in second with 17:35:50 ; and Lindh is third with 17:52:06 . Complete times are available on the IPSSSDR website at http://www.wyomingstagestop.
Following today’s Big Piney/Marbleton stage, teams left for Kemmerer where a cocktail reception and banquet awaited them at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center. On Friday, at 9 a.m., the seventh stage of the race will leave the starting line at Lake Viva Naughton outside Kemmerer.
The race will travel to 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.
The IPSSSDR concludes on Saturday, February 2 in Uinta County outside of Evanston, Wyo. After the big finish, mushers will partner with select students from participating race communities for the Jr. Stage Stop fun race. The kids’ race will be held at 2 p.m. at the IPSSSDR’s North Slope Road Trailhead finish line, 30 miles south of Evanston. The IPSSSDR awards banquet will take place that night at 6 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10.