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Sled dog race rolls into Valley next week Bridger Valley leg Feb. 7-8

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2014

Flying down the trail at the North Slope. PIONEER FILE PHOTO


Pioneer editor

JACKSON HOLE– Jan. 21,2014 – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, announced the 2014 lineup of events in its 10 stage stop communities along the route of the race, slated for Jan. 31 – Feb 8. 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, according to Roger Carpenter, media director.

This year’s race, as in the past, kicks off in Jackson on Friday, Jan. 31, with a vet check 3-5 p.m. to make sure the dogs are healthy. A night of festivities in the town square will include booths, giveaways, hot cocoa and the dogs blasting out of the starting gate at 6:30 p.m. There will also be fireworks and a torchlight parade at 8 p.m.

The race continues for nine days, traveling through parts of Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming before culminating with an awards banquet in Evanston on Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Machine Shop in Evanston.

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.

The mushers will leave Kemmerer and go to Mountain View on Friday, Feb. 7, where they will be spotlighted at Musher Mania from 5-7 p.m. at the Mountain View Town Hall, which will include a free dinner.

Saturday morning, Feb. 8, there will include a Flapjack Frenzy, hosted by Lyman at the Heritage Barn, from 7-9 a.m. It will feature a free pancake breakfast.

The leg of the race from Bridger Valley to Evanston will begin at Deadhorse Trailhead at 9 a.m., 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).

For the complete article see the 01-24-2014 issue.

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