Holdmann retakes lead in Wyoming sled dog race

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Gwen Holdmann won the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming Saturday.

The Fairbanks musher won the eight-stage race with an overall time of 24 hours, 52 minutes and 49 seconds, beating top runners by minutes.

Second was Jacques Philip of Nenana at 24:57:34.

Third was Melanie Shirilla of Lincoln, Mont., at 24:59:02.

After Saturday's 15-mile run to Teton Village, Wyoming students participated in their own sled dog race, the Junior Stage Stop.

Twenty mushers vied for their share of the $100,000 purse.

Holdmann's husband, Ken Anderson, placed fourth at 25:58:23.

Four-time Iditarod champion Doug Swingley came in sixth at 26:01:43.

Jessie Royer of Fairbanks, the only other Alaska musher in the race, came in ninth in the overall standings at 26:41:59.

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