The 23rd annual Pedigree Stage Stop Race sped through Wyoming this week with 14 main event mushers competing for nearly $90,000 in prize money. The seven-stage competition kicked off this year with an exhibition in Jackson on Jan. 26 before proceeding to Alpine, Kemmerer, Marbleton, Big Piney, Pinedale and Lander, where the photograph above was taken on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Teams race in Driggs, Idaho today and Teton County, Wyoming, on Saturday, Feb 3. to complete the circuit.
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Founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley, the race is patterned after the Tour de France bicycle race and has featured 349 teams and 5,496 dogs through the years. The 2018 event includes 14 teams from eight states and two Canadian provinces.