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Streeper and family make mush of competition

It was a successful weekend for the Streeper family at the 65th World Championship Sled Dog Races. On Saturday, Fort Nelson resident Buddy Streeper earned his 9th career world championship sled dog race, which took place in The Pas, Manitoba.

Streeper, fresh off winning the Wyoming Championship, which was raced in the USA, headed north with his team, Streeper Kennels, to compete and win the 3 day, 105 mile race.

It was a special event not only for Buddy Streeper, as his wife Lina Glad rewrote the record books by becoming the highest placed women in the event. She was also awarded Rookie of the Year, earning the award of a hand crafted knife by Sid McKay.

The victories didn’t stop there for the Streepers, as Buddy’s daughter Alva competed in the Kid and Mutt race, claiming a silver medal in the competitive youth race.

John "Darth Sledder" Stewart, who raced Streeper’s third team, finished in fifth, in an event that featured nearly 50 teams.

The next race on the circuit will be held in Streeper's home town of Fort Nelson, as the 50th Canadian Open Championships will be held on Parker Lake, including a record field of over 100 participants.

The race, taking place March 8-10 will be the richest race in spring mushing history, with over $85,000 in prizes to be taken home.