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File photos The lead dogs for Bruce Magnussen compete near Pinedale for the third stage of the Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in 2018.

2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race returns to Pinedale, Big Piney

PINEDALE – Twenty-six racers will

compete for a $165,000 purse in the upcoming

2019 Pedigree Stage Stop Race. This will be

the 24th year for the annual event.

Legs of the race will include both Pinedale

and Big Piney/Marbleton for the Jan. 25

through Feb. 2 events that draw racers from 11

states and several provinces in Canada.

Once again, Sublette County will be represented

by local musher Alix Crittenden from

Bondurant. Allen Burge, from Glenrock, will

also represent Wyoming.

The 2019 lineup includes:

Austin Forney from Leadville, Colo.;

Alix Crittenden from Bondurant;

Dan Phillips from Snowmass Village,


Linda Pierce from Okanagen, Wash.;

Justin Fortier from Saint-Raymond, Québec,


Alexandra Rochat from Whitehorse,

Yukon, Canada;

JR Anderson from Buyck, Minn.;

Fernando Ramirez from Peoa, Utah;

Laura Daugereau from Port Gamble,


Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Mont.;

Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska;

Berge from Glenrock;

Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Mich.;

Tom Thurston from Oak Creek, Colo.;

Erick Laforce from Lanoraie, Quebec,


Katherine Scheck from Whitehorse, Yukon

Territories, Canada;

Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia,


Monica Magnusson from Cheboygan,


Dennis LaBoda from Hovland, Minn;

David Torgerson from Red Lodge, Mont;

Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada;

Rachel Courtney from Caliento, Manitoba,


Tommy Bird from Southend, Saskatchewan,


Doug Butler from Middlebury, Vt.;

Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colo.; and

Jake Golton from L'Amable, Ontario, Canada.

Race Director Dan Carter announced

increased total available prize money of

$165,000 for 2019. Other changes include

a 14-dog pool and a 10-dog maximum team

size. New this year, daily mileage for each

stage will not exceed 35 miles.

The schedule includes opening ceremonies

in Jackson on Jan. 25. Stage one begins

in Alpine on Jan. 26 and mushers will travel

30 miles stopping in Pinedale. Stage two on

Jan. 27 will begin in at the Upper Green River

Trailhead near Cora and will include 34 miles.

Stage three begins in Kemmerer on Jan. 28. On

Jan. 29 Big Piney and Marble will host stage

four. Lander will be the site of stage five on

Jan. 30.

Jan. 31 will be a travel day as teams proceed

to Driggs, Idaho for Stage six. On Feb. 1. The

race ends Feb. 2 in Teton County.

The 2019 Eukanuba Eight-Dog Classic already

has 10 teams registered to compete for

the $10,000 purse. These teams come from a

10-dog pool with an eight-dog maximum team


Racers include:

Maria Torgerson from Red Lodge, Mont.;

Jordon Hillock from Minersville, Utah;

Rebecca Englert from Elk Mountain;

Charmayne Morrison from Polson, Mont.;

Tommy Hyde from Middlebury, Vt.;

Christina Gibson from Carlton, Wash.;

Stephen Peterson from Backus, Minn.;

Geneva Lyon from Brightwood, Ore.;

Elliot Rivest from St-Zénon, Québec, Canada;


Joshua Miltier from Boulder, Colorado.

That two-day race begins in Alpine on Jan.

26 and starts from Pinedale on Jan. 27.

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