|ROGER CARPENTER — MEDIA DIRECTOR
Roger was caught off guard eight years ago when Frank Teasley asked if he planned to handle media for the race. “I guess, yes. I don’t know how I’m going to juggle a full-time T-shirt business and this, but yes.” Then he went home to figure out how he could do it.
Dan Carter and Dianna Lehn took over as Race Director and Assistant Race Director that year (2014), so there was a lot of work — making Facebook more robust, writing more colorful press releases, and creating engaging competitor graphics as well as the posters for each stage and additional graphics for the event. The name of the event changed one year, and added an 8-Dog Classic another. Roger then had the bright idea to give the hardworking Road Crew their fifteen minutes of fame. Now he juggles the edits on biographies, coordinates photographs, and creates graphics for Facebook and the website — 30 competitors and 20 road crew this year.
“Wow! What a great family of truly exceptional people from around the world,” Roger reflects. “And we all come together for the better part of two weeks once a year. Back in my advertising days, the creative director on the LEVIs account always said that advertising was the most fun a grown man could have with his pants on, but I don't think he or any other executives at the agency had ever been to a sled dog race.”
|JERRY BATH — RACE COMMENTATOR and ANALYST
Jerry has been with the Stage Stop since its beginning — first as a spectator helping the Lander trail crew in 1995. Jerry entered the IPSSSDR in 2009, and raced it every year through 2017. In 2018, Jerry began supporting the race by becoming an analyst and commentator; he's been the Lander Chairperson along with his wife Sandy since 2002. Jerry has run every mile of every stage with almost every competitor, always finished in the top ten, and was a respectable fifth five times. "My Stage Stop experiences have been some of the best and most rewarding race experiences I’ve ever had. The level of professionalism and sportsmanship is second to none. It is truly the World Series of mushing.”
|SEBASTIAN SCHNUELLE — RACE COMMENTATOR
Originally from Germany, Sebastian has been mushing since 1995. He first started running dogs in Algonquin Park, Ontario. After moving to the Yukon and living an off-the-grid lifestyle, he opened his Tour Business “Blue Kennels” offering wilderness trips in the Yukon’s backcountry. Soon after that he became interested in sled dog racing
After running mid-distance races (Kasko, Copper Basin 300, Kobus) he ran seven Yukon Quests and seven Iditarods, winning the Yukon Quest in 2009 and placing second in the Iditarod; he received the Veterinarians Choice award in both races. Since retiring from long distance running and racing, Sebastian has volunteered as a race official for many races as well as provided race commentary for the Iditarod as their “Armchair Musher,” snow machining the entire Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome.