Peck posts fastest time on Day Seven, moves into overall lead

(Photo courtesy of Wyomingstagestop.org.)

(Photo courtesy of Wyomingstagestop.org.)

(Kemmerer, Wyo.) – Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, posted the fastest time on Day Seven of the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with at time of  4:00:07 on the 40-mile trail from Lake Viva Naughton near Kemmerer. It was Peck’s fifth day in a row with the fastest time for the stage, today averaging 10 MPH with 10 dogs. With yesterday’s times, Peck moves into the overall lead with an overall time of 21:35:57.

For Day Seven, Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, was second for the day with a time of 4:15:02; Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was third with 4:17:06; in fourth, Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., posted a time of 4:17:29; and William Kornmuller from Willow, Alaska, came in fifth with a time of 4:25:25. Lander’s Jerry Bath came in eighth with a time of 4:45:12.

In overall times; Streeper is second with a time of 21:48:59; Lindh is third with 22:09:12; Turner is fourth with 22:27:21; and Kornmuller is fifth with 22:48:08. Bath is eighth overall.

Following yesterday’s Lake Viva Naughton stage, teams left for Mountain View for Musher Mania.  On Saturday, Lyman will host the Flapjack Frenzy at 7-9 a.m. for mushers before they depart on the final day of the race. Stage Eight of the IPSSSDR will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Deadhorse Trail South of Mountain View and will finish at North Slope Road 30 miles south of Evanston.

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 tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in Evanston at the Machine Shop. The banquet is open to the public; adult tickets are $17, children $10.