There’s no place like Nome
Nome is home to Iron Dog’s biggest cash contingency prizes and the pause in the chaos of the longest, toughest snowmobile race. The first teams to arrive into Nome are the front runners in our Recreational Class, often followed by just a few hours by the fastest Pro Class racers who left the starting line two days after the Recreational Class. Although for the 2017 race there are no Recreational Class Riders, so the front runners of the Pro teams will be breaking trail. Most teams will arrive into Nome by the Tuesday following the Start from Big Lake.
Most of the race action in Nome consists of Pro Class teams putting together a plan to repair their snowmachines for the return race to Fairbanks. The City of Nome hosts the Iron Dog headquarters in the Fire Hall and the racers in the City Garage where the Pro Class teams will schedule “work time” to repair their snowmobiles on the clock. Every minute spent working on their machines counts toward their course time, so it can get exciting inside the garage.
Look for a live camera feed for 2017, we will show you even more action than before!
In between repairs, rest and recuperation – the Iron Dog staff and volunteers prepare a local community celebration to award some great halfway prizes, including a $10,000 “Gold Rush” cash prize sponsored by Donlin Gold going to the fastest Pro Class team into Nome.
During this casual ceremony, Iron Dog and the Alaska National Guard welcome the community of Nome to join us for dinner (at no cost) and a celebration of the teams who have made it this far!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Nome Banquet and Ceremonies
- 6:00pm to 8:30pm | Sandwiches, cookies and awards ceremonies
Nome Recreation Center, 208 East 6th Avenue, Nome, AK
Thank you to the Bering Sea Lions Club for increasing your support in 2017 with a Nome prize valued at $6,000.