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 30 –February 8, 2015. 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 2015 Schedule of Events
Race to start at the Louis Lake parking lot on top of South Pass!
Tuesday February 3, 2015
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 2014 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 Aaron Davis and The Mystery Machine will be performing later in the evening.
Wednesday February 4, 2015
9:00 am - Race Options will be announced by Feb 3rd See this site http://www.wyomingstagestop.org
Option 1 Race will start at Louis Lake Parking Lot up South Pass. This leg is approx 42 miles
Directions to Louis Lake. Heading South out of Lander on Hwy 28, Travel approx 28 miles to post marker 28. On the right hand side you will see the psrking lot.The parking lot is for Mushers and theri teams. Carpooling is recommended. Parking is available on the side of the road leading up to the lot.
Option 2 -Race will start at Bruce's Bridge parking lot up Sinks Canyon. this leg is approx 42 miles.
Directions to Bruce's Bridge parking lot in Sinks Canyon. From Main St in Lander turn south on either 5th or 9th st. Then turn right on to Freemont Highway( Hwy 131) following this road all the way to Bruce's Bridge parking lot approx 10 miles.
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.
Supporters of this years race!
This race would not be here in Lander if it was not for the following!
Lander Community Foundation – Challenge for Charities
JB’s Wild Wyoming, Inc.
Triple J Land & Cattle
L & N Lawn Care
City of Lander
In Celebration of Linda Hewitt
Fremont Broadcasting KOVE/KDLY
Lander Journal/Riverton Ranger
Bath Racing Kennel
Home Source Realty
Carol & Bruce Cambell
Joel & Robin Otto
Lander Brewing Compnay
Wind River Country www.windriver.org
All Photos Courtesy Chris Havener
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