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The 2014 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Mushes Through Lander, Wyoming February 4.

Lander, Wyoming – The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR), the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states, is set to mush through Wyoming from January 31 –February 8, 2014.  Similar to the Tour de France, the race stops in a different town each night. The race spans eight stage stops and four states, traveling nearly 350 miles. The teams rest each night, earning the race the nickname “the dog friendly race.” For the race schedule http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/race-schedule.php

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

Lander 2014 Schedule of Events

Race to start at the Louis Lake parking lot on top of South Pass!

Monday February 3, 2014

5pm - 6pm 200 Block of Main Street - Will be closed to traffic. Teams will have their dog trucks lined up on the 200 block of Main Street. Come Meet & Greet the teams. Bring your Cameras!

6:30pm - Gannett Grill/Lander Brewing Company will host the evening’s event. Mushers will have a mandatory meeting upstairs in the Coalter Loft. This is not a banquet! The movie shown will be the 2013 IPSSSDR Slideshow. This video highlights each town along this 8 day race. Come see if you and the family are in it!

Live music by IPSSSDR traveling band Screen Door Porch will be performing later in the evening.

Tuesday February 4, 2014

9:00 am - Race will start at Louis Lake parking lot up on South Pass. This leg is approx. 42 miles.

*Directions to Louis Lake Parking Lot: Heading south of Lander on HWY 28, travel approximately 28 miles to post marker 28. On the right side you will see the parking lot. The parking lot is for Mushers and their teams. Carpooling is recommended. Parking is available on the side of the road leading up to parking lot. 

Mushers will start at 9am sharp. There is a 3 minute interval between take offs. You are more than welcome to come early and check things out. Please leave your 4 legged family members at home!

Mushers should start returning approx. 3 to 4 hours later. The most exciting time is the start of the race. Mushers can be very staggered in their returns. Once they are in, they need to take care of their dogs, equipment and get on down the road to the next town, Pinedale.

Vet Staff: Four of the top sled dog veterinarians in the world accompany the race:
Caroline Griffitts, DVM (Chief Veterinarian)
Lanier (Lannie) Hamilton DVM
Rhonda Aliah, DVM

Title Sponsor: Pedigree Food For Dogs has been title sponsor of the IPSSSDR for 13 years.

Shelters on the Race: Pedigree Provides one year’s worth for food for one dog to each animal shelter on the race route:
Jackson Animal Shelter
Animal Humane Assoc of Star Valley
Town of Pinedale Animal Shelter
Lander Pet Connection
Paws & Claws
Happy Tails Fur Ever
Uinta co/Evanston Animal Control

Mileage: 
Jackson- 2 miles
West Yellowstone  56 miles
Alpine   56 miles
Pinedale    47 miles
Lander    50 miles
Big Piney/ Marbleton   44 miles
Kemmerer   50 miles
Uinta County     45 miles

Number of teams in race since 1996:
349

Number of dogs in race since 1996:
5,496

All Photos Courtesy Chris Havener

Related Links:http://www.wyomingstagestop.orgLander Chamber of CommerceRiverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of CommerceDestination Dubois

For a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar, or to request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233.

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