Dr. Jeff Conn, formerly a research agronomist with USDA, is now a full-time dog musher. After retiring in 2012, he decided to run the Wyoming Stage Stop and says “that was a great learning experience and was a foundation for better performances in subsequent races.” Last year, Jeff finished fourth overall in his sixth running of the Stage Stop. He keeps coming back to the race “because of the magnificent scenery, camaraderie between mushers, the quality of veterinarian care and advice, and the excellent organization of the race.” Jeff and his wife, Sarah, have a kennel of 40 sled dogs in Ester, Alaska.