JACKSON, Wyo. — The annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race kicked off last night, Jan. 27 at the Jackson Town Square.

The ceremonial start began at 6:30 p.m. with teams taking off two at a time down the snow track on Broadway. Junior mushers joined competitors on their sleds, tucked into the bags. This is the 28th running of the race, considered the premier event in sled dog sports.

Eighteen racers are competing for the $165,000 first-place purse.

The first official day of racing began this morning, Jan, 28 at Black Rocks trailhead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Moran Junction. The race consists of seven total stages, about 30-35 miles each, commencing on Feb. 4 in Driggs.

The stops include:

• Jan. 28 – Stage One – Teton County, Wyoming
• Jan. 29 – Stage Two – Lander, Wyoming
• Jan. 30 – Stage Three – Pinedale, Wyoming
• Jan. 31 – Stage Four – Big Piney / Marbleton, Wyoming
• Feb. 1 – Stage Five – Kemmerer, Wyoming
• Feb. 2 – Travel Day
• Feb. 3 – Stage Six – Alpine, Wyoming
• Feb. 4 – Stage Seven & Final Banquet – Driggs, Idaho

Photos: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.