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Saturday, Dec. 17, teams took part in heat 1 of the competition, kicking off the event with top notch trail conditions and ideal weather.
Race organizer and local favourite Ryan Redington set an impressive opening day pace, setting the bar high for fellow competitors. Fort Nelson’s Buddy Streeper placed second on the day, finishing 3 minutes and 33 seconds behind Redington. Willow, Alaska’s Will Kornmuller finished third on the day, while Scotland’s Jon Stewart came in fourth. Stewart is racing for the Streeper Kennels team.
Sunday’s day 2 saw a much warmer day for the competitors, with low pressure bringing about high winds as well as rain. However, the trail would stay firm and fast, which allowed for the perfect trail for the dogs to run on. Ryan Redington led the teams out after a strong first day finish. Redington was followed two minutes later by Streeper, and so on through the 28 teams.
Redington led for the first half of the second day, but Streeper took over after the midway point, showing why he is the most dominant in the sport. He and his furry companions cruised to completion, finishing with a seven minute lead over second placed Will Kornmuller. Stewart would finish third after a strong day 2 performance, with Redington taking fourth place.
While accepting his award, Streeper not only discussed the hardships of racing, but getting to the races as well. His truck broke down on the Alcan Highway, requiring a 300-mile tow to Fairbanks, Alaska.
The next major race of the season will be the Wyoming Stage Race, which will be running Jan.25 until Feb.5.
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