|ROGER CARPENTER — MEDIA DIRECTOR
Roger was caught off guard nine 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 as well, so there was a lot of work for everyone. “I was tasked with making Facebook more robust, writing more colorful press releases, and creating engaging competitor graphics including the posters for each stage and additional graphics for the event,” he recalls. 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 — all the competitors, road crew and veterinarians 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.”
|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.
|GREG HEISTER — VIDEO PRODUCER
Greg Heister has been the producer and host of the Iditarod Insider since 2006 as well as a fixture on that trail since 1992. He is also a Play-By-Play announcer for the Pac 12 Network, Root Sports and ESPN and has worked in that capacity for the last 23 years. You can watch “Seasons on the Fly” weekly on the Discovery Channel (https://www.discovery.com/shows/seasons-on-the-fly), which he owns, produces and hosts — they travel the world chasing fish with a fly rod. He is also the owner/operator of Seasons On The Fly Lodge on the Kvichak River in southwestern Alaska.
“I’ve been chasing dogs butts for a very long time, and I can’t wait to get to Wyoming!”
|BRUCE LEE — COMMENTATOR
Bruce’s affection for sled dogs started when he traveled and camped with them at his home at Denali National Park. Soon afterwards he moved to the Arctic of the western Brooks Range of Alaska for six years, where he created a subsistence lifestyle. His sole means of transportation was sled dogs for the largest part of the year. Before long, he was addicted to racing, and began to learn more about what sled dogs could do, and, as a result, saw more of the country. He kept a kennel of about 50 dogs, and ran numerous shorter races over the years, as well as many Yukon Quest, Iditarod, and Rocky Mountain Stage Stop. He ran the Stage Stop Race three times, and truly enjoyed his travels around Wyoming and its communities.
In addition to racing Bruce has twice served as a race judge for the Iditarod and was a member of the Yukon Quest rules committee. He’s worked in the production and development of the Iditarod Insider program, promoting the race itself as well as the sled dog lifestyle.
“My best racing moments have just been being on the trail with dogs day after day, and winning the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for dog care in the Iditarod. I’m looking forward to being back in Wyoming and the Stage Stop again.”
|JORDAN CASKEY — VIDEOGRAPHER/EDITOR
Jordan is a videographer and editor with over 20 years of experience. He's won more than 20 Northwest Emmies for his visual storytelling, and his greatest passion is telling a story through sports (Northwest Emmy Awards are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences). He's covered the Iditarod Sled Dog Race since 2009, and since then has fallen in love with the sport of dog mushing.
"There are no greater athletes in the world than sled dogs, so I get to cover and tell the stories of the greatest athletes in the world, and for that, I am lucky,” he says. "I am forever grateful to see God's country as I cover these races and can't wait to help document the Stage Stop Race this year and tell the stories these mushers and their teams endure.”