Gone sledding

Third-grader Charlie Knotts takes a ride with musher JR Anderson at the start of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race at the ceremonial start in Jackson on Jan. 31. He was selected as Big Piney’s Jr. Musher after completing several hours of community service.

5th Annual Pedigree Stage Stop

After two days, defending champion Anny Malo of Quebec, Canada, leads the races finishing both of the first two stages ahead of the pack.

She posted the fastest time in Stage 2 of the 25th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Race in Pinedale, with a winning time of 2:22:46 on the 34.5-mile out-and-back course.

She gained another 1 minute, 37 seconds over second-place competitor Lina Streeper of British Columbia, Canada. Malo’s narrow lead sits at just under 4 minutes after a cumulative 63 miles of racing with another 160 miles in five stages of racing ahead.

Jeff Conn of Alaska, Rachel Courtney of Manitoba and Alix Crittenden of Bondurant fill out the top five positions with Bruce Magnusson of Michigan knocking at the door just 1 second behind Crittenden.

The field of 18 mushers competed again in Kemmerer, Monday, Feb. 3. Those results were not available at press time. A strong winter storm blew in Sunday night and continued through Monday, creating a challenging day for this year’s competitors.

After the Monday evening Musher’s Dinner in Big Piney, the racers will take off Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 .m. from the Middle Piney parking lot 20 miles west of Big Piney on U.S. Highway 189.

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