JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Sled dog teams competing in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race will be sent off in Jackson Hole style this Friday as the big seven-day race kicks off.
The Town of Jackson Public Works department will begin construction of the racecourse for the race on town streets starting early Friday morning, January 25. Broadway will be closed from Cache Street to Willow Street starting at approximately 10:00am. Center Street will be closed from Broadway Avenue to Deloney Avenue beginning at approximately 10:00am.
Race festivities are set to begin at the town square at 5:00pm on Friday, January 25 with the dog sled race officially kicking off at 6:30pm when the first mushers leave the starting chute. It is anticipated that the road closures will reopen by 9:00pm.
The racecourse will run the length of Broadway from Cache Street to Redmond Street. The course will then proceed down Redmond to Cache Creek Drive. The course will head west on Cache Creek Drive where it will enter onto Snow King property and finish at Phil Baux Park. The Streets Division may be hauling in snow to supplement existing snow on roadways, then grade and smooth the snow against the curbs to form the course.
“We are asking that the public be patient as we build this race course,” said Sam Jewison, streets manager. “You will be able to get to where you need to go, but please expect a slight disruption of normal traffic patterns.”
The Town of Jackson is requesting that drivers respect the road closure signs along Broadway, Redmond and Cache Creek Drive. This will be the 24th running of the popular race.
Crews are sensitive to the hours of operation for this effort and will do their best to keep noise to a minimum. However, residents in the neighborhoods along the course route may hear the OSHA-required beeping of backing equipment and trucks driving in the area.