While searching the internet for some interesting dog news I happened upon this gem, although sadly they will not be making a pit stop here in Cheyenne I still found this information fascinating interesting.
Just what am I talking about? Well it is the Annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled Race of course. Starting on January 25th at 12:00am, 23 Mushers and their loyal teams of dogs will set out on a race across Wyoming. So what is the International Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled Race all about?
Let me tell you:
Mission Statement: In 1996 Frank Teasley, with the help of public nurse Jayne Ottman, launched the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race 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.
Race Began: 1996
Format: Stage Stop, similar to the Tour de France, the race stops in a different town each night.
Known as The Dog Friendly Race: Teams rest each night, earning the race the nickname “the dog friendly race.”
Along the way participants will visit the following cities:
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Big Piney/Marbleton, Wyo.
If you would like to view a map of the course it can be found here: Course Map
Now if I haven't sparked your interest with that information this next bit is sure to get you thinking about getting some sled dogs and having a go at such a journey. Participants are competing against not only the elements and each other but also for up to $10,000 is prize money. The full break down of purse payouts can be found here: Purse Details
I don't know about you but I am going to be tuned in to catch all the latest updates and photos, who knew that such a wonderful event took place here in Wyoming.
For more information check out these helpful links:
International Pedigree Stage Stop - Official Site
Peaks to Plains by Kelsey Dayton - Blog Article