Today we kicked of the 25th anniversary of the Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled Race in beautiful Jackson Hole!
Mushers began their day meeting with the Vet Team. Vet's worked this morning to inspect the dogs from head to toe. The vets looking over each dog thoroughly to be sure it is healthy and ready to run this year's race. If a dog is determined to be unhealthy or isn't running this year's race, they will receive a pink mark that tells vets and judges they are sitting out.
The pink mark shows that this dog will not be racing this year.
We were also joined by Jackson Holes's Coulter Elementary Kindergarteners and 1st graders. They toured the parking lot where the vet checks were being held. They peeked into dog boxes and had an opportunity pet some happy dogs.
This evening to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the race spectators, mushers and jr. mushers were treated to a light show that lit up the Jackson Hole Town Square. There were record crowds watching in amazement as the lights went this way and that. This year we had 17 Jr. Mushers from each of the stages along the race trail, one from Colorado, Montana, and Evanston. The crowd cheered as each one departed the gate after being counted down! It was an amazing night!
Follow us as we head to Alpine, Wyoming for tomorrow's race up the Grays River.