by IPSSSDR Race Committee
November 1, 2007
The largest dog sled race in the lower 48 states is set for its 2008 course through snowy Wyoming. The 13th International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) will start out of Jackson on January 25, 2008, and finish in Park City, Utah, on February 2, announced Race Director Frank Teasley.
The 2008 Jackson race send-off takes place at the Jackson Hole Winter Carnival complete with a bonfire, fireworks show, music and food booths, before heading on to stages in Lander, Pinedale, Cora, Big Piney/Marbleton, Alpine, Kemmerer/Diamondville, and Uinta County and the big finish in Park City.
Popular on the professional mushing circuit, the IPSSSDR takes place before Montana's Race to the Sky and Alaska's Iditarod, attracting mushers who compete in all three events. With its unique "Stage Stop" format, the race stops in a different community each night, where towns turn on the hospitality for mushers and spectators with events ranging from dog parades, kids' dog sled races and ice sculpture contests to banquets, carnivals and fishing derbies.
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.
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. For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org; contact the race via e-mail at email@example.com or telephone at (307) 734-1163, or visit www.pedigree.com.
2008 IPSSSDR Stage Stop Schedule:
Friday, January 25 - Saturday, February 2
Friday, January 25: Jackson
Saturday, January 26: Travel day to Lander
Sunday, January 27: Lander to Pinedale, check point at Blucher Creek
Monday, January 28: Cora to Pinedale
Tuesday, January 29: Big Piney/Marbleton
Wednesday, January 30: Alpine
Thursday, January 31: Kemmerer
Friday, February 1: Bridger Valley
Saturday, February 2: Park City
Junior Musher Essay Contest
Win a chance to participate as a Jr Musher at the IPSSSDR! The Sled Dog Race will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 in Park City, Utah. Open to children in grades 4 – 12 in the Pinedale area. No prior mushing experience necessary. The winners will need to complete 10 hours of community service of their choice. Pick up an application at the Sublette County Library, 155 S. Tyler in Pinedale. Application forms and essays are due by noon, Wednesday, November 28th at the library. The Pinedale Race Committee will pay the $25.00 registration fee and help with travel expenses. Call 307-367-2078 for more information.