Monday, January 18, 2010
International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race Turns 15
Currently, Teasley is hoping for more snow, but after 15 years putting on the race, he has plans A, B and C in place. “We can always figure out a trail that will work,” says Teasley. “In Jackson, the Public Works Department has been storing snow at the Rodeo Grounds just in case we need it.”
The IPSSSDR attracts many return racers like Sam Perrino and Grant Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, as well as such newcomers as Chris Adkins from Montana, a rookie in the 2010 race. Buddy Streeper, the only musher in sport history to have won the five majors – Laconia, The Pas, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Yellowknife – returns to Wyoming to vie for victory; he won first place in his first IPSSSDR in 2004.
“This year will be a very hard and fast competition from start to finish,” says Teasley. “We have the top 10 teams from last year plus the Streeper Kennel of Fort Nelson, B.C., who have won the IPSSSDR before. Teams will be trying to put clean runs back to back – hoping not so much for good luck as for no bad luck!”
The 2010 Jackson IPSSSDR send-off takes place January 29, 2010, at the Jackson Hole Winter Carnival complete with a bonfire, fireworks show, music and food booths, before heading on to stages in Lander, Pinedale, Cora, Big Piney/Marbleton, Alpine, Kemmerer/Diamondville, and Uinta County, and the big finish in Park City. (a schedule follows this release)
With its unique “stage stop” format, the race stops in a different town each night, giving the Wyoming communities an opportunity to turn on the hospitality for mushers and spectators alike with events from dog parades, kids’ dog sled races and ice sculpture contests to banquets, carnivals and pie socials.
Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.
The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. For more information, visit the race website at http://www.wyomingstagestop.org/ ; contact the race via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at (307) 734-1163.
January 29 - February 6, 2010 Schedule
January 29: Jackson Hole
January 30: Travel Day
January 31: Lander
February 1: Pinedale/Cora
February 2: Big Piney/Marbleton
February 3: Alpine
February 4: Kemmerer
February 5: Evanston to Mountain View
February 6: Park City