JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states this year will feature 23 teams carried along by a total of some 368 dogs.

The 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is scheduled to begin at the Jackson Town Square on Jan. 25.

New for this year will be a side-by-side start. That means two teams at a time will jockey for position as they race down a street on their way out of town.

The nine-day race will cover parts of four states — Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana — before wrapping up with an awards banquet in Evanston on Feb. 2.