The results confirm that this was a very fast course. Today's top three competitors shattered last year's course record held by Éric Laforce. Photo: Courtesy of Pedigree Stage Stop Race

JACKSON, Wyo. — After its kickoff in downtown Jackson on Friday night, competitors were ready for day one of the 27th Pedigree Stage Stop Race. Twenty-four teams left the starting line at Blackrock Ranger Station trailhead eight miles east of Moran Junction yesterday morning.

The 29.7-mile Blackrock course offered ups and downs, twists and turns, switchbacks and a stretch of open country up top. Conditions consisted of almost no wind, blue skies and cold temperatures (-16F at 9 a.m.). To end it all, after a four-mile climb of hard fast trail out the chute, all were treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Teton Mountains.

“All the mushers without exception reported it was a great run for Day One,” said Media Director Roger Carpenter.

The results confirm that this was a very fast course. Today’s top three competitors shattered last year’s course record held by Éric Laforce. Anny Malo, last year’s returning Stage Stop champion, set a new course record of 1:49:29. Éric Laforce was not far behind at 1:52:23 overcoming a wedged snow hook on the hard-packed trail. Next across the finish line were Diane Marquis, JR Anderson and Alix Crittenden.

Stage I —Teton County, Wyoming results:

1 — Anny Malo 1:49:29
2 — Érick Laforce 1:52:23
3 — Diane Marquis 1:54:27
4 — JR Anderson 1:57:29
5 — Alix Crittenden 1:57:35
6 — Cathy Rivest 1:59:09
7 — Lina Streeper 1:59:28
8 — Austin Forney 2:01:41
9 — Jake Robinson 2:02:44
10 — Dave Torgerson 2:04:20
11 — Thad McCracken 2:04:26
12 — Hans Gatt 2:05:54
13 — Bruce Magnusson 2:06:34
14 — Grant Beck 2:07:49
15 — Ryan Baeber 2:10:04
16 — Rachel Courtney 2:10:39
17 — Gwenn Bogart 2:14:48
18 — Laura Bontrager 2:17:09
19 — Jerry Scdoris 2:21:26
20 — Fernando Ramirez 2:21:50
21 — Tim Thiessen 2:25:39
22 — Christina Gibson 2:49:51
23 — Chris Adkins 2:50:41
24 — Geneva Lyon 3:06:20

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.