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#4 Anny Malo

4 — Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada. Age 49. Last year’s Stage Stop champion, Anny was a biologist just out of the university when she met Marco, his group of sled dogs, and literally fell in love with the man and his canine crew. Twenty five years later, they’re all still in love. The pair decided… Read more »

#3 Tim Thiessen

3— Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado. Age 37. Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. Afterwards, he put together his own team of Alaskan Huskies and competed in local races. He caught the “stage race bug” at the 2018 Eukanuba… Read more »

#2 Austin Forney

2 — Austin Forney from Leadville, Colorado. Age 39. Austin was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, and now lives and trains at 10,152 ft. in Leadville, Colorado. Fourteen years ago he switched from cattle and horses to sled dogs, and has been chasing his mushing dreams ever… Read more »

#1 Alix Crittenden

1 – Alix Crittenden Bondurant, Wyoming. Age 33. Alix Crittenden and her husband Sam own and operate Sleeping Indian Outfitters where they guide horseback, fishing, and hunting trips. For the last five years, Alix has run dogs for Frank Teasley’s Jackson Hole Iditarod Racing. She gives a special thanks to all her dogs “for always… Read more »

#25 – Tim Thiessen-Archive 2019

#25 — Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado. Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he was hired to work for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. Soon afterwards, he began to put together his own team of Alaskan huskies and competed in last year’s Eukanuba 8-Dog Classic. Tim lives with his fiancé… Read more »

#24 – Richard Beck-Archive 2019

#24 — Richard Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Richard is a Supervisor with the City of Yellowknife. He grew up in a family of mushers where dogs were a part of their culture. He’s placed in the top 10 in multiple races in Europe, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec. Richard recently… Read more »

#23 – Tommy Bird-Archive 2019

#23 — Tommy Bird from Southend, Saskatchewan, Canada. Tommy has been around dogs all his life and tells his story better than anyone, “…from first dog a few days old when my mom brought me home from hospital …dad pick us up by airplane …help my dad in trapping as a kid age 8 to… Read more »

#22 – Rachel Courtney-Archive 2019

#22 — Rachel Courtney from Caliento, Manitoba, Canada. Born in Mainburg, Germany, Rachel began bikejoring (riding a bike with a dog pulling) when she was 14 years old; she was “immediately was hooked on mushing,” she says. Four years later, she came to Canada from her native Germany to learn more about sled dogs, and… Read more »

#21 – Anny Malo-Archive 2019

#21 — Anny Malo from Quebec, Canada. Anny Malo is a biologist, Executive Director and owner of Bio-Forest Management Rivest with her husband, Marco. She started mushing in 1995 after Marco used his dog team to meet her. Mushing became their passion and in 1998 they spent eight “hands-on” months at Joe Redington’s kennel learning… Read more »

#20 – David Torgerson-Archive 2019

#20 — David Torgerson from Red Lodge, Montana. Since starting sled dog racing in 1989, Dave has raced extensively throughout the United States and Canada in the middle distance and stage format. In 2001, he put sled dog racing on hold to pursue other aspects of life, his family and business, but in 2017 returned… Read more »

#19 – Dennis LaBoda-Archive 2019

#19 — Dennis Laboda from Hovland , MN Dennis is a self-employed contractor. Sled dogs were a neighborhood activity for him when he was growing up in Minnesota. His older brother, Dale, started mushing as a teenager and raced IPSSSDR in the early years of our event. Following in his brother’s “footsteps in the snow,”… Read more »

#18 – Emilie Entrikin-Archive 2019

#18 — Emilie Entrikin from Fairbanks, Alaska. Emilie was first introduced to the dog mushing at age 21 working for a mid-distance kennel in Minnesota. She then moved to Alaska and began skijor racing with her own two dogs. Not quite satisfied with the challenge of skijoring, Emile bred her first litter of pups and… Read more »

#17 – Lina Streeper-Archive 2019

#17 — Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. Lina grew up in a small community in northern Sweden and became fascinated with sled dogs at a young age. Since moving to Canada in 2007, she has focused on professional sled dog racing. She’s part of “the famous mushing dynasty” known as Streeper Kennels…. Read more »

#16 – Katherine Scheck-Archive 2019

#16 — Katherine Scheck from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada. Born and raised in the Yukon, Katherine started running dogs in 2011 when introduced to skijoring. In 2012, she bought a litter of pups — the six-and-a-half-year-olds in this year’s race team are from that litter. Katherine lives near Whitehorse with her 5-year old daughter, 3-year… Read more »

#15 – Erick Laforce-Archive 2019

#15 — Erick Laforce from Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada. Erick is a Montreal firefighter who grew up in a small town at the edge of the country. He spent his teenage years in Montreal where a husky he later named Max came to him in the school yard one day. He says that the magic of… Read more »

Monica Magnusson

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP #12 — Monica Magnusson from NOVI, MICHIGAN. Last year, Monica place finished in a hotly contested second place in last year’s 8-Dog Classic just ONE SECOND OVERALL! She’s been hooked on racing since the day her father-in-law invited her and husband Bruce to watch a race he was competing in. Although better… Read more »

Jeff Adkins

8-DOG CLASSIC LINEUP Jeff Adkins from SAND COULEE, MONTANA. Around the age of 5, Jeff started mushing with his grandfather Terry Adkins’ dogs. “My Dad then got a few dogs of his own and eventually we started giving dog sled tours from Montana to Utah. In other words, he’s been mushing most of his life…. Read more »

# 14 Greta Thurston-Archive 2019

#14 — Greta Thurston from Oak Creek, Colorado. Greta is from Oak Creek, Colorado and is currently attending school at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She’s been mushing her whole life alongside her dad, Tom Thurston. She says that while she loves her time in Boston, her heart is always with her dogs in Colorado…. Read more »

#13 Bruce Magnusson-Archive 2019

#13 — Bruce Magnusson from Manchester, Michigan. 2019 marks Bruce’s 14th consecutive Stage Stop Race — more consecutive races than any other competitor in the 24-year history of our event! Bruce’s father trained black labs for national competitive field trials and, fatefully, met a professional sled dog racer, Lloyd Gilbertson. That’s when Dad brought home… Read more »

#12 Allan Berge-Archive 2019

#12 — Allan Berge from Glenrock, Wyoming. A health and safety supervisor for Chesapeake Energy in Wyoming, Allan began his mushing career in 1998 with a few Siberian Husky rescues, mentored by Pam Dunn who started the Casper Mountain Dog Sled Race in 1995. “I’m married to my best friend, Tabetha, who introduced me to… Read more »

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