Race Week 2015
Details on 2015 are very preliminary, but here’s a list of plans being considered.
Race Week & Finish (February 18-28)
- Finish weekend has been scheduled for February 28, 2015 in downtown Fairbanks. We plan to use the Westmark Hotel again as our Official Hotel and HQ.
Race Start (Dates TBD)
The downtown Anchorage Start is still being developed, here are some highlights.
- Compressing the entire race week down to two weeks instead of three. Move the Tech Inspection & Expo events closer to the Start date. This would limit the number of “fix it” days, but make the race more attractive to rural race teams and those coming from outside of Alaska.
- More events leading up to and possibly after the Pro Class Start. Freestyle demo, concert(s), hill drags, snow cross, youth and vintage shows & races.
- Drawing banquet will remain in Anchorage, location still to be determined.
- Pro Class very likely will start on a Saturday, not Sunday.
- The exact course is still being developed, but in general it would depart somewhere near 3rd Ave., through Ship Creek onto the Port of Anchorage, through JBER, then traversing Chugiak, Peters Creek, Eklutna and across the Knik River (bridge), follow the inside of the inlet around to a crossing point on KGB road yet to be determined.
- Trail Class is being completely rethought and could have a different start date. Trail Class will not be starting in downtown Anchorage.
Note: There are many variables and challenges to address regarding an Anchorage Start, so it’s very likely that plans will change several times before we announce any final details. Stay tuned this spring and summer as we build out the 2015 plans. If you are in the south-central Alaska region, be sure to watch for the summer Member Meeting (likely in June 2014).
Quick Comment About The Future of Iron Dog
by Kevin Kastner, Executive Director
In general, my long term vision for the Iron Dog is to develop the race and its events into a widely recognized snowmachine and winter motorsport event that draws racers, fans and sponsors from all around the USA and the world. Ultimately, Iron Dog can become a major series of events to grow the snowmobile community, attract a positive interest in winter motorsports and drive economic stimulus for Alaska.
As Iron Dog’s brand becomes more recognizable, we can leverage that equity to build on the other great programs we’ve already developed such as our Urban-Rural Student Exchange, fundraising for charities (we’ve given away $60,000 since 2012), promoting suicide prevention & awareness around Alaska and driving more economic stimulus to every community touched by our events. I strongly believe that these “more than a race” activities are an essential part of investing in the future of the Iron Dog.
What I find to be the most amazing part of this race is the level of support from our volunteers, sponsors, racers and communities. The relationships that are forged and the return on investment continues to grow each year…and I am absolutely thrilled just to be a part of the conversation. It’s my goal to continue driving Iron Dog to even greater success and will do all I can to keep up the positive momentum.
Thank you to everyone that had a hand in making 2014 one of the best years.
I look forward to 2015 and beyond!