Pedigree Stage Stop Race will sport largest field ever with 25 mushers and teams

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The field is set for the 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race scheduled to kick off in Jackson tomorrow evening.

The largest field ever to compete in the 24-year history of the event will get their dogs hooked up and running for stops in Jackson, Alpine, Pinedale, Kemmerer, Big Piney, Lander, Driggs, and back in Jackson.

The impressive field of 25 competitors will be competing for this year’s total purse of $165,000. They are Austin Forney, Alix Crittenden, Dan Phillips, Linda Pierce, Justin Fortier, Alexandra Rochat, JR Anderson, Fernando Ramirez, Laura Daugereau, Chris Adkins, Jeff Conn, Allan Berge, Bruce Magnusson, Greta Thurston, Érick Laforce, Katherine Scheck, Lina Streeper, Emilie Entrikin, Dennis LaBoda, David Torgerson, Anny Malo, Rachel Courtney, Tommy Bird, Richard Beck, and Tim Thiessen.

Lina Streeper is the one to beat. Her husband, Buddy, dominated the race for years until he turned the A team over to Lina, who won in 2017 and 2018. Torgerson and Magnussen have both been right there with Streeper in the last two years.

The emergence of local favorite Alix Crittendon from Bondurant will likely again make things interesting in the top five.

Racing schedule

Four of Pinedale’s childcare centers (The REAL Center, Pinedale Preschool, BOCES Early Childhood Education Program, and Pinedale Discover Center) came together last Friday, January 18 for a presentation with Alix Crittenden. Students were given Pedigree swag (bandanas) and hands-on experience with sled dogs. Crittenden answered questions and kept a lively conversation with her young audience.

JACKSON

Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00am-1:00pm Vet Check – Deloney Parking Lot – See all the mushers, dogs
and vet staff.
5:00pm Town Square Events Kick Off
6:30pm 1st Mushers leave the chute
TBA Post Race Celebration Party Snow King Event Center
Torch light Parade & fireworks

ALPINE

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00am Race Start – Greys River Trail Head Parking Lot
(Warming Tent at Greys River Trail Head with refreshments)

PINEDALE

Saturday, January 26, 2019
6:00pm Meet the Mushers Sublette County Library, South Tyler
Meal sponsored by the Pinedale FFA, Community Sponsored Event meet mushers, host
families, sponsors, supporters
Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:00am Race Start is located Upper Green River Trailhead. Cora End of Hwy 352
Kendall Valley Lodge will have Breakfast & Lunch Specials just west of the Upper Green
Parking Lot

Chris Adkins fielded questions from an eager group of almost 300 students at Rendezvous Upper Elementary school in Driggs, Idaho today — 4th graders of teachers Anderson, Giallonardo, Reece, White, Nicholson, and Young; and 5th graders of teachers Christensen, Donnelly, Gusa, Hansen, Meyer, and Ozburn.

KEMMERER

Sunday, January 27, 2019
6:00pm Fundraiser Dinner & Program @ South Lincoln Training & Event Center
Monday, January 28, 2019
9:00am Race Start is end of the Hams Fork Rd, Hams Fork Trail Head
Right after race Meet & Greet Town Triangle for 1 hr

BIG PINEY

Monday, January 28, 2019
6:00pm Meet the Mushers Dinner at the Senior Center Marbleton – 429 E 1st St

MARBLETON

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
9:00am Race Starts at Middle Piney Parking Lot off road 350 – 20 miles from town

Jeff Conn of Ester, Alaska presented in Pinedale on January 21. Mrs. Lutz’ Kindergarten group and the 3rd grade classrooms of Mrs. Sanders, Mrs. Terrell, Ms. James, Mrs. Morss, and Mrs. Rigo gathered for Jeff’s presentation. Kindergarten student Hayden Williams (a Jr. Musher to Jeff Conn) as well as 3rd grader Maggie Williams (Jr. Musher to Laura Daugerau) and Aylen Mills (Jr. Musher to Linda Pierce) attended along with their teachers and classmates. Jeff and his crew engaged them all with stories and a demonstration, then stayed for lunch. Pulled pork sandwiches! The kids also received Pedigree bandanas.

LANDER

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
5:30 pm-6:30pm Meet the Teams – Downtown Lander on 200 block of Main
Lander Bake Shop will be hosting the 2018 Pedigree Stage Stop Movie
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
9:00am Race starts at Louis Lake parking lot on top of South Pass Hwy 28

REST DAY

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Travel day for teams

DRIGGS

Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00am Race starts – Kay Dairy Trail Head, 8.5 miles from Hwy 33 on 4000 N
Parking at the Start/Finish is limited. Please Plan to Carpool. There is no Free
Shuttle this year however individuals needing transportation may contact TRPTA
at 208-529-1489 to book a ride at least 24hrs
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Community Meet & Greet 2 locations – 60 S Main St & overflow at 300 S Main St
East & West side of Community Center

TETON COUNTY

Saturday, February 2, 2019
9:00am Race Start – Lower Slide Lake Trailhead
SOLD OUT – Musher Final Banquet located at the Center for the Arts is SOLD OUT ticketed event and is sold out


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