Streeper maintains lead in IPSSSDR; Lander’s Bath is fourth overall through five stages

Lander musher Jerry Bath inspects his team prior to the start of Day Two racing in Sinks Canyon south of Lander. Bath is fourth overall in the event after five days. (Lander Pet Connection photo)

(Alpine, Wyo.) – Running 10 dogs, averaging 12.5 miles per hour, Blayne “Buddy” Streeper, from Fort Nelson, B.C., posted the fastest time in Day  Five of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with a time of  4:08:49 on the 54-mile Alpine/Greys River stage.  John Stewart from Scotland was  second with 4:11:37.

In third place, Brent Beck, from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, had a time of  4:16:11. His father, Richard Beck, also from Yellowknife, posted the fourth place time of  4:16:58.

Lander’s Jerry Bath finished eighth in the Alpine stage, recording a time of 4:35:05, averaging 11.3 mph.

Streeper continues to lead the race overall with a time of 13:37:48; with today’s stage  Stewart moves into second with 13:56:52; and Aaron Peck from Grand Prairie, Alberta,  is third with 13:59:28. Bath kept his hold on fourth place with an overall time of 14:28:14.

Following the Alpine stage Wednesday, teams departed for Evanston. On Thursday, February 2, Day Six of the race starts at 11 a.m.  from the Deadhorse Trailhead south of Mountain View, finishing at North Slope Road,  30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Hwy 150.

The 2012 IPSSSDR continues this week in Lyman/Mountain View and Evanston before arriving in Park City, Utah, for the final stage and awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4.  With its unique “stage stop” racing format, the IPSSSDR stops in a different community each night.

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