(Lander, WY) – Temps hovered just below freezing on South Pass this morning as the now 23 mushers and their teams began Stage Five of the annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Teams began departing from the Louis Lake Trailhead at 9:00 am this morning.
Currently, two-time race champion Anny Malo, of Quebec, is in the overall lead by 00:08:18 over second-place musher and past champion Lina Streeper, of British Columbia.
Streeper started strong with a Stage One win in Alpine. Malo took Stage Two in Pinedale and Four in the Wyoming Mountain Range just west of Big Piney and Marbleton. Érick Laforce won Stage Three in Kemmerer.
The Lander leg will wrap up this afternoon and teams will be headed to Driggs, Idaho for the next race day, February 5th. The Seventh and final leg of the race is back in Wyoming on the 6th.
This seven-stage race covers public lands of the Bridger-Teton, Shoshone, and Caribou-Targhee National Forests. They are competing for $165,000 in prize money and the title of “Stage Stop Champion.”
As part of the race organization’s comprehensive COVID plan, spectators are not being encouraged at any of the venues. Instead, local as well as global race fans can enjoy extensive race coverage online at www.wyomingstagestop.org.
Content will include daily video updates and results, race commentary, and photography from up and down the trail.