For the 18th year, the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race got under way Friday night, starting out from the Jackson town square on a route that will take it through nine communities in four states over the next week. Altogether, 21 racers are on the course, but in the ceremonial start, the race began with three dignitary teams, followed by the rest of the competitors off the starting line on a course that wound through the streets to end at Snow King Resort. Ulf Hahnemann, Vice President of People and Organization for Mars Petcare North America, drove the first dignitary team from the starting line, followed by Lisa Campbell, Senior Brand Manager for Pedigree, title sponsor for the race. The race spent Saturday traveling to West Yellowstone, Montana for Stage Two which was run on Sunday. Blayne “Bud” Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, posted the fastest time of the day. Meanwhile, Lars Lindh from Kiruna, Sweden, was in second place.