The 25th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race will kick off its eight-day run through Idaho and Wyoming on Friday with a ceremonial start in the heart of Jackson.
Friday’s race course will run the length of Broadway from Cache Street to Redmond Drive. It then will 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.
Broadway will be closed from Cache to Willow Street beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Center Street will be closed from Broadway Avenue to Deloney Avenue beginning at 10 as well. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Town Square with the race sounding off at 6:30. Roads are expected to reopen by 9. “No parking” signs will be posted along Broadway and Redmond beginning Wednesday.
“We are asking the public [to] be patient as we build this race course,” Town Streets Manager Sam Jewison said in a release. “You will be able to get to where you need to go, but please expect a slight disruption of normal traffic patterns.”
After the Jackson Hole start, the race then moves to Alpine, Pinedale, Kemmerer, Big Piney/Marbleton, Lander, and Driggs, Idaho, before finishing near Lower Slide Lake on Feb. 8.
This year’s race will feature only the traditional 10-dog main event after the organization announced the eight-dog race would be discontinued. Canada’s Anny Malo won the 10-dog race last year and is expected to defend her title.
Read more about the race in Wednesday’s Jackson Hole News&Guide.