A musher makes his way through the Bridger Valley woods during the 2012 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race.
COURTESY PHOTO/Chris Havener
JACKSON — The roster for the 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), Jan. 25–Feb. 2, 2013, has been filling up briskly. The registration deadline for the 18th annual competition is Thursday, Nov. 15, with late registration fees applied after that date.
“When news of the new race course spread through the mushing community, my phone started ringing,” said Teasley. “I fully expect to have a full roster.”
Up to 25 international sled dog teams compete for significant purses in the dog-friendly event, which starts out of the Jackson town center each year. Currently 13 teams from Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon and Alberta, Canada, are registered for the 2013 race, which begins in Jackson Hole and continues through parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, dipping down into Utah before finishing in Wyoming. A complete route is available on the IPSSSDR website at www.wyomingstagestop.org.
Small towns along the race route, including Kemmerer, will host the various stages, celebrating with community activities from meet-the-musher dinners to ice carving and pet parades.
Event organizers and participants engage in community outreach along the route, helping collect food donations for local animal shelters, making contributions to health facilities for childhood immunization and a Jr. Stage Stop for area students that features young mushers performing community service to become eligible to race.
The IPSSSDR, the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, is the only sled dog race with a course traveling through four states. 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 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 or contact the race organizers at (307)734-1163.
The 2013 IPSSSDR race roster as of Monday, Oct. 22 is as follows:
1. Jerry Bath, Wyoming
2. Ryan Redington, Alaska
3. Erin Redington, Alaska
4. Jeff Conn, Alaska
5. Dennis Laboda, Minnesota
6. James Wheeler, Alaska
7. Dave Turner, Colorado, Oregon
8. Tom Thurston, Colorado
9. Ariane Jasmin, Alaska
10. Charlotte Mooney, Montana
11. Aaron Peck, Alberta, Canada
12. Stacey Teasley, Wyoming
13. Alix Pearson, Wyoming