Ready to Run: Mushers and dogs take off from Town Square tonight

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Tonight, 13 mushers and their dogs will embark on a 323-mile journey over the next eight days. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the EUKANUBA Stage Stop Race is the second largest race in the U.S. behind the Iditarod in Alaska (in terms of prize money). The racers compete for a prize purse of $195,000. Festivities begin in Town Square at 5 p.m. and the race officially begins a 6:30 p.m. Following the short race, there will be torch light parade and fireworks at Snow King Mountain. "What you are going to see when we start releasing teams is some of the most athletically fit dogs in the world and some of the most competent mushers in the world interacting and taking off and running down broadway," said Dan Carter, EUKANUBA™ Stage Stop Race Director. "Anybody who loves dogs and loves animals is going to really enjoy watching the start of the race. It's very unique," he added. Following tonight's race, the mushers will travel through seven other communities in Wyoming and Idaho. Here is the full schedule: - Friday January 29 — Jackson, Wyoming — Opening Ceremonies & Race Start - Saturday January 30 — Driggs , Idaho — Stage Two - Sunday January 31 — Alpine , Wyoming — Stage Three - Monday February 1 — Travel Day - Tuesday February — Lander, Wyoming — Stage Four - Wednesday February 3 — Pinedale, Wyoming — Stage Five - Thursday February 4 — Big Piney/Marbleton, Wyoming — Stage Six - Friday February 5 — Kemmerer, Wyoming — Stage Seven - Saturday February 6 — Uinta County, Wyoming — Stage Eight & Awards Ceremony *Feature Photo: h/t EUKANUBA Stage Stop Race / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news #whatshappening