The Toughest, Wettest Race?
As of today there have been many reports on the poor weather conditions including Big Lake and many of the river and streams between the Start of the Iron Dog and Happy River (on the way into Puntilla). The ongoing warm weather, rain and winds have created a very big mess especially for the regions near the start of the race. This news is obvious for those of us living here and it’s beginning to make headlines in media and online. While this does present concerns, challenges and doubts about what will happen – the short answer is, there will be an Iron Dog race.
The short answer is, there will be an Iron Dog race.
While the Board of Directors has declared there “will be a race”, we are discussing ideas for alternate locations, should a relocation be necessary. In 2012 we had a similar scare with warm temperatures, overflow and multiple open holes in the ice (thanks to an ice fisherman) right at our staring line. That was only a weekend before the start and we experienced similar panic and concerns. Ultimately, it healed and we adapted to the changes on the lake.
At this time, no changes are being announced. We have time for weather to change and will assess the situation as we get closer to the starting dates.
It’s important to note that every year, regardless of south-central conditions (good or bad) our racers encounter every imaginable condition along the route. Open water, warm temperatures, no snow, 6 feet of powder, extreme cold, low visibility, etc. etc.
We don’t call the Iron Dog the TOUGHEST snowmachine race just to have a catchy title.
Photo by Frankie Harris from the Big Lake Powersports parking lot overlooking the starting line. January 24, 2014.