Eukanuba 8-Dog wraps up, Stage Stop gets racey with fast day in Pinedale

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – After Stage 2 of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race, one thing can be said for certain: It’s anyone’s race.

Mushers pulled into Pinedale yesterday with Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada, covering the 34 miles quicker than anyone with a total elapsed time of 2:22:17.  Hot on her heels was Stage 1 winner Érick LaForce with a 2:23:14. Defending champ Lina Streeper’s 2:24:21 was good enough for 3rd. Richard Beck and Jeff Conn finished up 4th and 5th, respectively.

Dogs covered some big country yesterday in the Upper Green River Lakes area on the way to Pinedale. (Pedigree Stage Stop Race)

La Force maintains the overall lead with Malo and Streeper close behind.

“What an exciting day on the trail! Today we saw a few places change and a new daily winner: Anny Malo from Quebec. It’s still anyone’s race as each day is different,” said race commentator Jerry Bath.

The mushers enjoyed a bluebird day for racing combined with a freshly groomed track in the Upper Green River Lakes area that made for fast times on the way to Pinedale.

Bath believes today (Stage 3) could be a make-or-break day for some mushers as the race travels to Kemmerer.

“On this day, or the next, is where I believe the race will make another change-up. But it’s still anyone’s guess—even I’m hesitant to wager just yet,” Bath admitted.

Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic final results

Pedigree® Stage Stop Race Director Dan Carter today announced the winner of the winner of the 2019 EUKANUBA 8-DOG CLASSIC sled dog race and the Pinedale Stage of the PEDIGREE® STAGE STOP RACE in Pinedale, Wyoming today.

The winner of this year’s Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic race is Maria Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana. Her overall time for 2 days of a total 53 miles was 3:42:58.

Elliot Rivest from Quebec, Canada placed second with an overall time of 3:47:14. Christina Gibson from Carlton, Washington placed third with 4:35:20; Josh Miltier from Boulder, Colorado placed fourth with 4:39:33; Charmayne Morrison from Polson, Montana placed fifth with 4:42:26; and Geneva Lyon from Brightwood, Oregon placed sixth with 4:46:24. Jordan Hillock from Minersville, Utah with 4:59:43 placed seventh followed by Stephen Peterson from Backus, Minnesota in ninth with 5:08:5; and Becky Englert from Elk Mountain, Wyoming in ninth place with an overall time of 5:16:11.

Awards and prize money were distributed yesterday to the competitors following the Pinedale Stage at the Upper Green Lake Trailhead in Cora, Wyoming.

Race Director Dan Carpenter presents 2019 Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic winner Maria Torgerson with her prize following the race. (Pedigree Stage Stop Race)

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