(Lander, Wyo.) – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, is set to mush through Wyoming from January 25 –February 2, 2013. Similar to the Tour de France, the race stops in a different town each night. The race spans eight stage stops and four states, traveling nearly 350 miles. For the race schedule http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/race-schedule.php
The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public.
The 2013 IPSSSDR starts in Jackson on January 25, then follows a new route this year with stages visiting the communities of West Yellowstone, Mont.; Alpine, Pinedale, Lander, Big Piney/Marbleton, Kemmerer, and Mountain View in Wyoming, with the finish on February 2 in Evanston, Wyo. Two of the stages also will cross into Idaho and Utah, making this year’s race the first IPSSSDR to mush through a total of four Rocky Mountain States.
The youngest musher in this year’s IPSSSDR is 17, the oldest, 60. Teams driving the farthest distance to attend the race are Brent Beck and Richard Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, who drive 2,700 miles to the race start in Jackson. A majority of 16 teams on this year’s roster have competed in past IPSSSDRs and five are rookies.
Wyoming has three mushers entered in the 2013 event: Jerry Bath from Lander, who placed 7th in the 2012 IPSSSDR; Stacey Teasley from Jackson, who placed 12th in 2012; and Alix Pearson from Bondurant, who will be racing in the IPSSSDR for the first time. Musher bios and additional information is available on the event website at www.wyomingstagestop.org
With its unique stage stop format, the IPSSSDR has become a popular mushing event attracting the world’s top competitors. Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.
Tuesday January 29, Lander, Wyo.
6:30 p.m. – Local sponsor Gannett Grill/Lander Brewing Company will host Meet the mushers, Live music by IPSSSDR traveling band Screen Door Porch will be performing later in the evening.
Wednesday, January 30, Lander, Wyo.
9 a.m. – Race will start at Louis Lake parking lot up on South Pass. This leg is approx. 42 miles. For any last minutes changes in the race course, contact: jerrybath.wordpress.com or www.bathracingkennel.com
Thank you for leaving your four-legged friends at home or in your car.