Flying down the trail on the North Slope. COURTESY PHOTO/Eric Quinney
By TIMILEE WILBER
BRIDGER VALLEY – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) finished day seven of the race in Bridger Valley with Musher Mania last Friday, Feb. 1, at the Mountain View Fire Department and bid farewell to the mushers with the Flapjack Frenzy last Saturday in Lyman.
The race began on Jan. 28, in Jackson. At the beginning of the race, 21 Mushers hit the trail, but by Day 7, three had dropped out.
The race finished last Saturday south of Evanston. Aaron Peck, 33, from Grand Prairie, Alberta Canada took first with an overall time of 24:35:25. Second place went to Blayne Streeper with a cumulative time of 24:43:40. Finishing third was Lars Lindh with a time of 25:11:06. Dave Turner from Sandy, Ore., was fourth with a time of 25:23:32.
“I love Wyoming. The people and the scenery are the best part.” Peck, 33, stated.
He has continued to move up the winner’s ranks in the IPSSSDR each year with a fourth place finish in 2010, a third place finish in 2011, and a second place finish in 2012.
Blayne “Buddy” Streeper, 30, from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada took second. Streeper and his father, Blayne. are owner operators of Streeper Kennels.
Friday’s race teams traveled approximately 40-miles last Friday, with the leaders Aaron Peck and Buddy Streeper and Lars Lindh traveling an average of about 10-miles per hour throughout the day.
Friday’s race conditions were brutal with near whiteout conditions and drifting snow at times on the race course, according to Junior Musher Race coordinator Terry Arnell. The harsh conditions delayed the mushers’ arrival in Mountain View over an hour.
According to first judge Ray Gordon, “The lead today (last Friday) has gone back and forth, between the first and second place teams.”
The Town of Mountain View sponsored Musher Mania with volunteers from the Bridger Valley SAFV taskforce preparing and serving the evening meal.
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