Jackson, Wyoming – January 28, 2008 – The course from Cora to Pinedale, Wyo., in Day Three of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) was shortened from 33 to 18 miles due to extreme weather conditions, said Race Director Frank Teasley. Visibility along the route was restricted by winds measuring 60 mph, making the course dangerous. “It was like being in a wind tunnel. People were standing sideways. I had to make a decision in about three minutes,” Teasley said.
In an unusual turn of events–and for the first time in IPSSSDR history–teams left the starting line thinking they were racing a 33-mile course and were relieved to find the finish 18 miles later . “I’m not always Mr. Popular on the race,” Teasley said of his Race Director role. “But today, I think people are pretty happy.”
The 2008 IPSSSDR takes place from January 25 – February 2. With its unique “stage stop” racing format, the IPSSSDR stops in a different community each night, allowing host towns to show their hospitality. 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. For more information, visit the race at http://www.wyomingstagestop.org , contact the race via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone at (307) 734-1163.
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