2018 Pedigree Stage Stop Race
All 2018 racers
2018 combined Pedigree Stage Stop Race and Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic race Competitors, Handlers and Race Crew. 28 degrees and snowing in downtown Jackson at 4:08 PM, Friday night, January 26. Photo courtesy Pedigree Stage Stop Race.
February 18, 2018
The 2018 Pedigree Sled Dog Race was held January 26 through February 3, 2018. The race was done in a stage stop format, traveling to a different town each day. It started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then went to Alpine, Kemmerer, Big Piney/Marbleton, Pinedale, Lander, Wyoming, over to Driggs, Idaho, then ending back in Jackson.
One hitch to the schedule was at the Big Piney/Marbleton stage which was cancelled due to lack of snow. The racers made up that leg by coming back to Pinedale on an off day in the week to get times.
Ultimately, race director Dan Carter announced that Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia was the overall winner of the 2018 Pedigree Stage Stop Race with a cumulative overall time of 22:15:00. Dave Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana placed second overall with 22:37:34; Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Michigan placed third with a cumulative overall time of 22:41:13; Alix Crittenden from Bondurant, Wyoming placed fourth with 22:54:11; and Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska placed fifth with 24:56:51. Awards and cash prizes were handed out at the final banquet in Jackson, Wyoming on Saturday, February 3rd.
The total payout for the 2018 race was more than $150,000.
The race was begun in 1996 by Frank Teasley, with the help of public nurse Jayne Ottman, to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race worked to spread the word about the need for childhood immunizations and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations.
The race is done in a stage stop format, similar to the Tour de France. Held over the course of a week, it stops in a different town each night. Pedigree Food For Dogs has been title sponsor of the Pedigree Stage Stop for 15 years. It has had other sponsors in the past. Last year the title sponsor was Eukanuba. In earlier years it was called the IPSSSDR, International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, and the ISSSDR, the International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race.
The race gives back to animal shelters in the host towns of the race. These include:
• Jackson Animal Shelter
• Animal Humane Association of Star Valley
• Town of Pinedale Animal Shelter
• Lander Pet Connection
• Paws & Claws
• Happy Tails Fur Ever
• Dr Bob Biereman
#1 Jerry Scdoris from Bend, Oregon
#2 Alix Crittenden from Bondurant. Wyoming
#3 Chris Adkins, from San Coulee, Montana
#4 Austin Forney, from Leadville, Colorado
#5 Greta Thurston, from Oak Creek, Colorado
#6 Dave Torgerson, from Red Lodge, Montana
#7 Jerry Bath from Lander, Wyoming
#8 Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska
# 9 Lina Streeper, Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
#10 Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Michigan
#11 Jake Golton from L’Amable, Ontario, Canada (withdrawn)
#12 Laura Daugereau from Port Gamble, Washington
#13 Dennis LaBoda from Hovland, Minnesota
#14 JR Anderson from Buyck, Minnesota
2018 Pinedale Junior Mushers
2018 Day Purse
2018 Race Purse
1996 Rick Swenson
1997 Hans Gatt
1998 Hans Gatt
1999 Jeff King
2000 Hans Gatt
2001 Hans Gatt
2002 Melanie Shirilla
2003 Gwen Holdmann
2004 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2005 Hernan Maquieira
2006 Melanie Shirilla
2007 Wendy Davis
2008 Melanie Shirilla
2009 Melanie Shirilla
2010 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2011 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2012 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2013 Aaron Peck
2014 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2015 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2016 Blayne "Buddy" Streeper
2017 Lina Streeper
Click on this link for more information and pictures: www.wyomingstagestop.org