Mushers get ready. Sled dogs get ready. And register.
Registration for the 2018 Pedigree Stage Stop Race is now open while the Eukanuba eight-dog Classic Race's registration will begin Oct. 15.
The stage stop sled dog race is set up similar to the Tour de France – the racers will finish in a different town every night. Two of the stops will be in Sublette County again this year. The third stage, on Jan. 29, will finish in Big Piney and Marbleton. The following day, the fourth stage will finish in Pinedale.
The race will begin in Jackson on Jan. 26. After that, the dogs will race to Alpine, Kemmerer, Big Piney and Pinedale, Lander, Driggs, Idaho, and then finish in Teton County, Wyoming.
After the 2-mile start in Jackson, the mushers and dogs will race 302.5 miles over the next seven days. The two Sublette County stages are both 43 miles long. The 56-mile Alpine stage is the longest and the 31.5-mile Driggs stage is the shortest.
The Eukanuba 8-dog Classic, which is a shorter race, will take place from Jan. 26-28. After the 2-mile start in Jackson, the dogs will race 30 miles each of the next two days to Alpine and Kemmerer.
In 1996, Frank Teasley, with the help of public nurse Jayne Ottman, launched the Pedigree Stage Stop Race to showcase Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race has worked to spread the word about the need for childhood immunizations and each year the race makes a contribution to communities on the race route for childhood immunizations.
Early registration for the stage stop race ends Nov. 15. For more information, visit wyomingstagestop.org or email [email protected]