A musher urges his dogs down the trail. COURTESY PHOTO/IPSSSDR
By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
BRIDGER VALLEY – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race kicked off today in Jackson and will conclude in Uinta County on Feb. 1-2.
The race, which began in 1996, spans eight stage stops and four states, traveling nearly 350 miles. IPSSSDR is the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. This year 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.
Blayne “Buddy” Streeper, Fort Nelson, British Columbia; has won the last three years.
This year 23 teams – driven by mushers from Alaska, Canada, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Oregon and Sweden – will bring some 368 dogs to compete in the event.
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, Wyo., who placed seventh 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
The Uinta County legs will include 45 miles with Musher Mania at the Mountain View Town Hall on Friday, Feb.1, 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner will be provided at no cost. Events will include a toboggan race and Relay for Life registration.Saturday morning at the Heritage Barn in Lyman, mushers will be hosted to a Flapjack Frenzy from 7-9 a.m. It will include a pancake breakfast at no charge.
Flapjack Frenzy at the Heritage Barn in Lyman Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7 - 9 a.m. A pancake breakfast, at no charge, will be served.
After the breakfast, mushers will leave the Deadhorse Trailhead, south of Mountain View at 10 a.m. finishing at North Slope Road; 30 miles south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Hwy 150.
The Junior Musher Race will also be held Saturday at the North Slope Road Trailhead at 2 p.m.
The closing banquet, hosted by IPSSSDR, will be Saturday evening at the Machine Shop in Evanston. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m.
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