JACKSON HOLE – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, announced the 2013 lineup of events in its 10 stage stop communities along the route of the race, slated for Jan. 25 – Feb 2. This year’s events – always popular with mushers, locals and race spectators – include Meet the Mushers Pot Luck dinners, cocktail receptions, a toboggan race and a “flapjack frenzy” in the race communities.
“We could not put on a race without the support of our stage stop communities,” said IPSSSDR Race Director Frank Teasley. “Each town contributes numerous volunteer hours to assure the race is a success. Their participation and enthusiasm broaden the experience for mushers and spectators alike, giving them a taste of old-fashioned Western hospitality. I am grateful for the help of all the communities.”
Opening in the town of Jackson on Jan. 25, the events surrounding the race begin in the Town Square with pre-race festivities, and the official race start with a run through the streets of Jackson to finish at Snow King with a torchlight parade and fireworks display. The race continues for nine days, traveling through parts of Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming before finishing with an awards banquet in Evanston on Feb. 2.
The mushers will leave Kemmerer and go to Mountain View on Friday, Feb. 1, where they will be spotlighted at Musher Mania from 5-7 p.m. It will include a free dinner, toboggan race and registration for Relay for Life.
Saturday morning, Feb. 2, there Lyman will host a Flapjack Frenzy at the Heritage Barn from 7-9 a.m. which will feature a free pancake breakfast.
At 10 a.m. on the leg of the race from Bridger Valley to Evanston will begin at Deadhorse Trailhead, south of Mountain View (follow signs) finishing at North Slope Road; 30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Hwy 150. Uinta County (course goes into Utah.)
At 6 p.m. the closing banquet hosted by IPSSSDR will be held at the Machine Shop in Evanston. Doors open 6 at p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $17/adult and $10/child.
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