The 16th annual International Stage Stop Sled Dog Race got under way from the Jackson Town Square Friday evening. The race will ultimately pass through nine western Wyoming towns and conclude February fifth in Park City, Utah. Among the big name dog racers this year is four-time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey who is competing in this race for his first time. Mackey says he decided to come to the Wyoming race simply because it offered something different. At the end of the second leg of the race in Lander, last year’s IPSSSDR Champion “Bud” Streeper is the leader followed by Anna Bjorklund from Sweden. Today the mushers race 38 miles from Pinedale to Cora.