Streeper Fastest in IPSSSDR Day Five Stage, Maintains Overall Lead

Streeper Fastest in IPSSSDR Day Five Stage, Maintains Overall LeadJackson, Wyoming – February 1, 2012 – 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.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.Following the Day Five race, teams departed for Evanston and the Mushers/Officials Dinner Buffet at 6 p.m. 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 Evanston and Lyman/Mountain View, Wyo., 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, allowing Wyoming’s host towns to show their hospitality: Festivities for mushers and spectators alike include pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals, and snowshoe softball. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society. The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, the largest dog sled race in the lower 48 states, was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. For a complete schedule, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org; contact the race at 307.734.1163 or bark@wyomingstagestop.org. The race is also active on Facebook under International Pedigree Stage Stop and on Twitter at @IPSSSDR.For complete times visit http://wyomingstagestop.org/daily.php?stage=2.

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