By: Joy Ufford, email@example.com - Sublette County, WY
Mushers eat up the miles
It snowed high in the mountains – just enough and just in time – to cushion the trails for the 26th annual Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race stages at both ends of the county.
The order was changed slightly this year with Pinedale as Stage 2 on Jan. 31 and Big Piney-Marbleton’s Stage 4 on Feb. 2, with Kemmerer in between.
A roster of 24 teams traveled to Wyoming to compete in seven 30-plus-mile stages with their eyes on winning a share of the $165,000 purse. COVID was a grave concern and rules were set up in advance for mushers and handlers who might contract the disease. Community events were canceled and spectators were discouraged due to COVID concerns – many mushers, dog handlers and race staff wore facemasks or gaiters.
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