The 16th annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog race gets under way this evening with a ceremonial start at the Jackson Town Square and the brief run on the first leg of the race. From Jackson, the race passes through Lander, Pinedale, Big Piney, Alpine, Kemmerer, Evanston, Mountain View, and Lyman before ending in Park City, Utah February 5th. The race runs in staged format with special receptions and events planned at each of the stops to celebrate the race. Organizer Frank Teasley is quick to point out that the participation of everyone in the events is what makes the race special. With some of the top racers in the sport participating in this year’s event, Teasley pledges this year’s race will be the most significant in its history.