News Release February 3, 2017
IRON DOG ADDS A NEW $5,000 FIRST DAY PRIZE
The Iron Dog maintains its increased top prize payout from 2016 and adds a new $5,000 prize for the fastest team to the first checkpoint.
Anchorage, Alaska (AK). Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors, committed volunteers and entire snowmobile community, Iron Dog has the strength and stability to give back to the athletes who compete in this amazing race. For 2017, there are new sponsors such as Alaska Directional, LLC who made the $5,000 “Race to Skwentna” challenge possible.
“Despite the economic challenges and changes everyone is facing in Alaska, the Iron Dog has been working hard for many years to grow and stabilize its foundation.” said Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog Executive Director. “We have seen some changes in our sponsor support for 2017, but the positive sentiment and overall commitment from our racers, fans, business partners and the community remains healthy. This $5,000 contingency prize is just one example of a new sponsor who was looking for a way to build excitement and give back to the competitors.”
The 2017 purse remains over $250,000, with $145,000 in top cash payouts and more than $112,000 in contingency prizes.
- 1st place: $65,000
- 2nd place: $35,000
- 3rd place: $20,000
- 4th place: $15,000
- 5th place: $10,000
Jim Wilke, President, added, “For 34 years, the Iron Dog has grown and flourished to become one of Alaska’s premiere winter events. Thanks in part to other organizations like the Iditarod Trail Committee, Big Lake Trails and hundreds of other volunteers at every village and checkpoint, the Iron Dog is proud to be the only event of its kind in the world, the crown jewel of snowmobiling. The Iron Dog depends on help from sponsors, racers, fans and volunteers and without all of them, this race would not be possible.”
Following the new $5,000 prize for the fastest team to Skwentna, the next major prize to be awarded is the “Gold Rush Prize”, a $10,000 cash prize provided by Donlin Gold. The prize will be presented to the fastest Pro Class team to make it to Nome during a halfway ceremony on February 22, 2017 in Nome, AK.
Iron Dog 2017 will begin with a series of pre-race events starting on February 15, 2016 with an expo at Cabela’s Anchorage, the 3rd Annual Flying Iron Freestyle snowmobile shows, a ceremonial start scheduled for February 18, 2017 in downtown Anchorage and closing out the 10 days of events on February 25, 2017 with the Finish in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska.
About Iron Dog, Inc. | 7100 Old Seward Hwy, Ste C, Anchorage, Alaska 99518 USA
Iron Dog, Inc. is a proud leader in the snowmobile community promoting snowmobile safety and outdoor education through trade shows, seminars and community events. Iron Dog also conducts student exchange programs and through its annual raffle has donated nearly $200,000 to Alaska charities since 2011.
The Iron Dog race, is a World Class Snowmobile Event that crosses the State of Alaska each February impacting over twenty-five Alaskan communities. Today’s Iron Dog course is over 2,000 miles, from Anchorage to Nome and finishing in Fairbanks, making it the World’s longest snowmobile race. Participants must traverse areas of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some of the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential, making it the World’s toughest snowmobile race.
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Kevin Kastner, Executive Director, Iron Dog, Inc.