Stage Stop race set to go Friday; two events locally

Jan 22, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Local musher Jerry Bath is once again competing in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race, which will hit Fremont County Jan. 30-31.

Bath placed fifth overall last year, with a total time of 25 hours, 33 minutes and 10 seconds.

Fifteen competitors are entered in this year's race, which will begin Jan. 27 in Jackson.

The mushers are Alix Crittenden of Bondurant; Jerry Scordis of Bend, Oregon; Jeff Conn of Ester, Alaska; Chris Adkins of Sand Coulee, Montana; Austin Forney of Leadville, Colorado; Laura Daugereau of Port Gamble, Washington; Bruce Magnusson of Manchester, Michigan; Dave Torgerson of Red Lodge, Montana; Blayne "Buddy" Streeper of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada; Jerry Bath of Lander; JR Anderson of Buyck, Minnesota; Frank Moe of Hovland, Minnesota; Dennis Laboda of Hovland, Minnesota; and Jeff Adkins of Sand Coulee, Montana.

Streeper has won seven of the races since 2004, including contests in 2004, 2010-2012 and 2014-2016. In 2016, he registered an overall total time of 24 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds.

The race

The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Jackson's Town Square, with the first team starting the race at 6:30 p.m.

The second leg of the race will begin Jan. 28 at Kay Dairy Trail Head in Driggs, Idaho, with a meet and greet following at 2:30 p.m.

Mushers compete Jan. 29 in Alpine at the Greys River Trail Head.

Competitors then travel to Lander on Jan. 30 to host a meet-and-greet on Main Street 4:30-6 p.m. before beginning the fourth leg of the race Jan. 31 on South Pass at the Louis Lake parking lot.

The fifth leg of the race is Feb. 1 in Pinedale at the Upper Green River Trailhead.

Mushers will then compete Feb. 2 at Big Piney/Marbleton at the Middle Piney Park Lot.

Kemmerer will welcome competitors for the seventh leg of the race Feb. 3 at the Hams Fork Trail head.

The race will finish Feb. 4 at Bear River Lodge in Evanston with the awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

The mushers and their teams compete for about $195,000 in cash prizes.

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