February 7, 2009—Park City, Utah—Melanie Shirilla from Lincoln, Mont., won the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) with an overall time of 23:08:08.
Wendy Davis from Lander, Wyo., was second with an overall time of 24:14:05. Sam Perrino from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in Canada was third with an overall time of 24:22:42.
This is the fourth IPSSSDR win for 36-year-old Shirilla who was the first woman to win the race in 2002. She won again in 2006 and 2008 before winning today’s race to become a four-time winner. Shirilla began her professional mushing career in 2000. In addition to her IPSSSDR victories, her race resume includes a 2003 win of the Atta Boy 300.
The IPSSSDR, which began on January 30 in Jackson, Wyo., is an eight-day race that travels over 300 miles through 10 Wyoming towns before finishing in Park City, Utah. With its unique “stage stop” racing format, the IPSSSDR stops in a different community each night; stage stops on this year’s IPSSSDR included Lander, Pinedale/Cora, Big Piney/Marbleton, Alpine, Kemmerer/Diamondville, Evanston, Mountain View and Lyman. The communities entertain mushers and spectators alike with such festivities as pancake feeds, dog parades, banquets, carnivals and snowshoe softball.
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