As we keep moving through the month of January, as crazy as it seems were in the last week of January an annual event that is a big part of Iron County! The annual event takes place January 31-Feb. 1, 2014, this year there are a few updates that haven’t occurred in past race years!
The IronLine Race now includes a 4-dog Recreational Race for up-and-comers, young mushers, and those just wanting to have fun running dogs. There will be awards, NO vet checks, but vet records are needed. Jackie Winkowski will be helping us out on this one.
Those looking to take part in the event there is still room in all race categories, including the ten, six, and four-dog. We have the most ten–dog teams right now.
There will be a competitive purse for the ten-dog race, but it is a little early to tell. Our target RACE PURSE was $6,500-8,500.
We are STILL looking for sponsors of all shapes and sizes and there is still time to get behind IronLine 2014!
Lyle Ross is again acting as Mentor and Race Marshall/Judge. We are happy to have Lyle overseeing this great race!
The main race course for the ten and six-dog class has been GPSed at an actual 37-38 miles as of this last week. So, we are very close to the target 40-mile mark!
Iron River and the surrounding area has been getting fairly consistent snow since the third week of November and the trails are looking good. Groomers for snowmobile sections are already out, a great sign! And our trail crew is already dragging and marking back country sections, and they are excited at what they are seeing!
We are still looking for VOLUNTEERS this year. We could still use help in dog handling and traffic control, and a couple road crossings. Email us if you want to get involved!
The Musher’s Village is still looking for food and craft vendors as well as outdoor, winter enthusiasts that may have something interesting to bring to the village atmosphere.
We still need a musher to offer up their services for kid’s sled rides on Saturday morning. Know anyone?
Oh, and part of our merchandise lineup this year includes travel coffee mugs!
The overall schedule for mushers will start Friday morning around 9:00 am, with vet checks directly after. Musher luncheon/meeting in the early afternoon, and then a 6:30 start for Stage 1. Saturday will start a little later this year, for Stage 2, and will take off out of the Musher’s Village in the early afternoon, hopefully wrapping up before 5:00pm. Banquet at 7:00.
For more information you can check out the IronLine Sled Dog Race website