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#13 Dennis Laboda

#13 — DENNIS LABODA from Hovland, Minnesota.

Dennis’ older brother, Dale, raced the International Pedigree® Stage Stop Race in the early years of the event. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Dennis also started mushing as a teenager and won the 1973 Minnesota State Championship 5-dog class. Having multiple wins and top finishes over the past 40+ years, Dennis has traveled all around the world, raced in North and South America, and been a race official in Europe.

#12 Laura Daugereau

#12 — LAURA DAUGEREAU from Port Gamble, Washington.

#12 — LAURA DAUGEREAU from Port Gamble, Washington.
Laura’s interest in sled dogs started when she was 10 and got her first dog — she says she’s been hooked ever since. “This led to a life of my working summers in Washington State for my family’s construction company, then relocating dogs and myself to Montana for fall and winter training,” she continues. She and her dogs travel all over the northern states, Canada and Alaska each year to compete in as many races as they can.

#11 Jake Golton Withdrawn

#11 —Withdrawn JAKE GOLTON from L’Amable, Ontario, Canada.

Jake first raced the Stage Stop in 2011 as a dog handler for Aaron Peck then came back with his own team in 2013 after starting a kennel with this wife Nina. They raise and train Alaskan Huskies and race throughout Canada and the United States. “We are very excited to be racing in the 2018 IPSSSDR and look forward to participating in such an awesome race!” This year is Jake’s fourth time racing the Stage Stop.

#10 Bruce Magnusson

#10 — BRUCE MAGNUSSON from Manchester, Michigan.

This is Bruce’s 13th consecutive Stage Stop! — more consecutive races than any other competitor in the history of our event! Several years ago, Bruce’s father met Lloyd Gilbertson, a professional sled dog racer. Bruce and his wife Monica went to a local race just to “see what Dad was up to” and “got hooked.” Although Bruce grew up playing sports, he says that for him no other sport compares to the thrill of sled dog racing

# 9 Lina Streeper

#9 —LINA STREEPER from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

At age 12, Lina’s cousin, Jenny Gladd, introduced her to the sport. Although Lina grew up in Sweden, she moved to Canada in 2007. Now married and living in Fort Nelson BC, Lina states that she’s part of “the famous mushing Dynasty — STREEPER KENNELS. I want to thank my husband Buddy Streeper and father-in-law Terry Streeper for the opportunity to race these incredible animals. Special thanks to all my family and friends for their continued support.”

#8 Jeff Conn

#8 — Jeff Conn from Ester, Alaska

A retired USDA agricultural research scientist and professional dog musher, Jeff began his mushing career in 1983 using a retired Iditarod leader to pull his sled on family ski trips. From racing three-dog sprint class, he’s progressed through five, eight, and ten dog classes where he won two ISDRA gold medals. Jeff has raced the Stage Stop the last five years and looks forward to competing with many familiar faces.

#7 Jerry Bath-Withdrawn

#7 — Jerry Bath from Lander, Wyoming

Jerry first became interested in sled dogs by helping at the Lander leg checkpoint of the first Stage Stop Race. “My Stage Stop experiences have been some of the most rewarding race experiences,” he says. In 2009, he entered his first IPSSSDR and has raced it every year since. “The level of professionalism and sportsmanship is second to none,” he says. “It truly is the Super Bowl of dog mushing.”

#6 Dave Torgerson

#6 — DAVE TORGERSON from Red Lodge, Montana.

#6 — DAVE TORGERSON from Red Lodge, Montana.
Since starting sled dog racing in 1989, Dave has raced extensively throughout USA and Canada middle distance and stage racing format through 2001. He put sled dog racing on hold to pursue other aspects of life (family and business), but returned to the runners behind a Streeper team for the 2017 Stage Stop and placed second. “The Stage Stop has become a family affair with my wife and three daughters. We’re all looking forward to returning this year.”

#5 Greta Thurston

#5 — GRETA THURSTON from Oak Creek, Colorado.

#5 — GRETA THURSTON from Oak Creek, Colorado.

At age 17, Greta is the youngest Stage Stop competitor this year. She started racing last year in 3 races and placed first in all 3. Greta is racing with a team of dogs that she has raised from puppies. Even though last year was her first year racing them, she has been training and working with sled dogs for many years. When she’s not training her dogs, Greta enjoys riding horses, raising pigs for the county fair and she is very involved in 4-H leadership.

#4 Austin Forney

#4 — AUSTIN FORNEY from Leadville, Colorado.

#4 — AUSTIN FORNEY from Leadville, Colorado.
Austin lives and trains at 10,152 ft. in Leadville, Colorado where he’s the Kennel Manager for Alpine Adventures Dogsledding. He thanks his wife, Anessa, his parents, Dean and Jane, and everyone at Alpine Adventures Dogsledding, as well as all his other friends and family for their continued love and support. “I look forward to sharing the trails with all the other talented competitors and their teams again this year.” This marks Austin’s 3rd consecutive year at the Stage Stop Race.