Buddy Streeper to return for Rondy race

Mike Dunham

Five-time champion Blayne "Buddy" Streeper will compete in the upcoming Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship sled dog races for the first time in three years.

Streeper, of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, won the race in 2004 and from 2007 to 2010. He posted the best time in the three-day sprint race in 2011, but was disqualified for allegedly hitting another musher, the first disqualification in the history of the Rondy race. Instead the crown went that year to Egil Ellis of Willow, giving him his fifth Rondy championship.

Streeper did not take part in the Anchorage race in 2012 or 2013. But he has remained active on the mushing scene, including running the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming, perhaps the most prominent mushing event in the lower 48. He won that race in 2012 and came in second in 2013. He had previously won it in 2004, 2010 and 2011.

According to the most recent available reports, he is in first place in this year's Stage Stop, which began on Jan. 31 and ends on Saturday. The Rondy race will start on 4th Ave. at noon on Feb. 21.

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