Yellow bib changes sleds as Streeper turns up the heat on Malo

JACKSON, Wyo. — Canadian musher Lina Streeper made her move today in Big Piney, grabbing the yellow bib from Anny Malo and closing the gap between her and the race leader by a full two minutes in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race.

“It isn’t over yet,” Streeper said yesterday after she was asked whether Malo was going to run off with another Stage Stop win. True to her word, the 35-year-old came charging on her favorite track of the tour, dogs open-mouthed with tongues lolling to the side. Streeper turned in a 2:20:49 for the leg on a cold, fast track.

The impressive run turned in by Streeper should be no surprise. She waited until day four in Big Piney last year to let her dogs loose after saving them for the first few days.  Both Streeper and Malo ran 10 total dogs, each choosing to swap in three fresh ones for the Big Piney leg.

Malo finished with a 2:22:50 run to remain in the overall lead by less than three and a half minutes. Alix Crittenden, who said her dogs do better in hilly terrain like the one Big Piney offers, managed a 2:27:40—more than a minute faster than she ran this leg last year.

Rachel Courtney and Jeff Conn round out the top 5 in what is becoming a two-horse race. Or should that be two-dog race?

The teams head to Lander for tomorrow’s 35-mile run at lower elevations on fresh snow.

Austin Forney, who finished 15th overall in 2019, is making steady progress in this year’s Stage Stop Race. He sits 7th after a respectable 2:40:13 Tuesday—9 minutes better than his run last year on the same leg. Photo: Courtesy Wyoming Stage Stop Race

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