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#10 Anny Malo

10 — Anny Malo from St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada. Age 51. 2021 Pedigree Stage Stop Race winner. She’s a biologist who owns her company with husband Marco. “I began mushing in 1995 when I met Marco. He was just 18 years old, and already had his own kennel and was competing in the mid-distance circuit in… Read more »

#9 Érick Laforce

9 — Érick Laforce from Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada. Age 55. Érick is a retired firefighter who has always been in the dog world starting as a Labrador dog trainer. He began mushing in 1992, raced and won all over America, Canada, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska. His love for the dogs is what makes him such a great… Read more »

#8 Alix Crittenden

8 — Alix Crittenden from Bondurant, Wyoming. Age 34.  2021 Stage Stop 6th place. Alix began mushing in 2009 as a guide for Frank Teasley’s JHI Sled Dog Tours. Her addiction to the dogs quickly grew, and for the last six years she has managed JHI’s racing program. Alix has raced in many of the… Read more »

#7 Chris Adkins

7 — Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana. Age 53. Chris’ dad, Terry Adkins, was the only veterinarian on the first Iditarod, and raced it the following year. “I grew up running dogs. Ran my first distance race, the Race To The Sky 500, at 21. If memory serves, I came in fifth, and was… Read more »

#6 Ryan Beaber

  6 — Ryan Beaber from Lily, Wisconsin. Age 48. 2021 Stage Stop finisher Rookie year. Ryan began running dogs 20 years ago as a hobby which turned into racing when his daughters started competing. “As we started racing, we decided stage racing is our favorite style. We love traveling with the dogs, and the… Read more »

#5 Gwenn Bogart

5 — Gwenn Bogart from Boulder, Wyoming. Age 64. Gwenn began mushing in October 2012 working with various Iditarod mushers in her home of Wasilla/Willow, Alaska. Her only previous animal handling experience had been training horses and competing in three-day event and dressage. Gwenn’s desire to do the Iditarod consumed her fall and winter days,… Read more »

#4 Thad McCracken

4 — Thad McCracken from Mosier, Oregon. Age 48. Thad is a software engineer in Portland who had no plans to get into mushing until his wife Colleen bought a rescue dog, Berny, who had excellent pulling abilities. Their first race, a skijor, resulted in a last place finish but totally hooked Thad and Colleen… Read more »

#3 Austin Forney

3 — Austin Forney from Leadville, Colorado. Age 40. Austin was born and raised on a cattle ranch in western Nebraska, and now lives and trains at 10,152 feet in Leadville, Colorado. Fourteen years ago, he switched from cattle and horses to sled dogs, and has been chasing his mushing dreams ever since. He, Rich… Read more »

#2 Tim Thiessen

2 — Tim Thiessen from Leadville, Colorado. Age 38. Tim’s passion for dog sledding began in 2003 when he worked for a Breckenridge, Colorado dog sled tour company. He soon put together his own team and began competing in the local race circuit. Then he caught the “Stage Race Bug” in 2018. This will be… Read more »

#1 Bruce Magnusson

1 —Bruce Magnusson from Newberry, Michigan. Age 58. This will be Bruce’s seventeenth consecutive Stage Stop — more than any other competitor in the 27-year history of our event — and his 19th year of mushing. He now lives and trains in Newberry in the upper peninsula of Michigan. “The Stage Stop is always the primary focus… Read more »

#24 Ben Barrett

24  — Ben Barrett from Middlebury, Vermont. Age 22. In a normal year Ben would be attending his college graduation in February, but instead he’s coming back to Wyoming to compete in his second Pedigree Stage Stop Race. Ben learned to mush straight out of high school when he was 18, and has been working… Read more »

#23 Ryan Beaber

23 — Ryan Beaber from Lily, Wisconsin. Age 47. Ryan is a custom home builder who started running dogs as a hobby, and then turned to competitive racing in 2016. It was a good way to build strong bonds with his children who have travelled to races in Tahquamenon Falls, Apostle Islands, Bear Grease, Gunflint, Midnight… Read more »

#22 Guy Girard

22— Guy Girard from Saint-Thomas de Joliette, Canada P.Quebec. Age 67. Guy is retired, and since 1977 has followed this sport to compete in many states. He lives on the south shore in Quebec, near Montreal where the weather is too warm, and the lack of trails make it difficult to train his dogs. For… Read more »

#21 Érick Laforce

21 — Érick Laforce from Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada. Age 54. Érick 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… Read more »

#20 Doug Butler

20 — Doug Butler from Middlebury, Vermont. Age 66. One of the most notorious mushers on the Northeast circuit, Doug Butler is back for the 2021 Stage Stop Race! Doug has a well-earned reputation over his 45 years of mushing for his ability to party both on and off the race course. A former dairy… Read more »

#19 Ed Stielstra

19 — Ed Stielstra from McMillan, Michigan. Age 51. Ed grew up in Ludington, Michigan enjoying competitive sports, dogs, and, mostly, simply being outside. After high school, he attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science from Lyman Briggs College of Science. About 17 years ago, Ed was attracted to the immense… Read more »

#18 Laura Neese

18 — Laura Neese from McMillan, Michigan. Age 24. On a small farm in Newark, Ohio, Laura and her oldest sister raised Boer goats, and for eight years her 4-H project was training and showing five family dogs. She fell in love with dog mushing and long distance racing when she was nine years old,… Read more »

#17 Diane Marquis

17 — Diane Marquis from St Medard, Quebec, Canada. Age 66. Diane is retired from a long career of cattle farming. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything which puts her outside, and that’s one of the main reasons she started dog sledding 20 years ago. Her first team was Siberian Huskies, but it wasn’t long before… Read more »

#16 Thad Mccracken

16 —Thad Mccracken from Mosier, Oregon. Age 47. Thad is a software engineer in Portland who never planned to get into mushing until his wife Colleen bought a rescue dog, Benny, who showed excellent pulling abilities. Their first race, a skijor, resulted in a last place finish and totally hooked Thad and Colleen into the… Read more »

#15 Ken Chezik

15 — Ken Chezik from Fife Lake, Michigan. Age 61. Ken Chezik is an irrigation service manager who works 60-70 hours a week for nine months so that he can race his dog team the other three. He started the sport in 1978 by racing friends’ Siberians. He joined Betcha Katcha Kennel in 1979, and… Read more »