Twenty of the 25 mushers who will compete in 17th Annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race have registered now, and the remaining slots are expected to fill in time for the January 27th race which starts in downtown Jackson. Race Organizer Frank Teasley says he is still getting inquiries from teams around the world while those teams already signed up include competitors who are some of the top in the sport. The youngest musher registered in the 2012 race is 14-year-old Bailey Cross Vitello from Brookfield, Mass., and the oldest is 60-year-old Grant Beck from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in Canada, who placed ninth in the 2009 IPSSSDR. The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. Pedigree® Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree® brand actively supports a wide range of programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the contributions dogs make to society.