Recreational Class Coming Back in 2018!
Due to low entry the 2017 Recreational Class Ride has been cancelled. Stay tuned for it’s return in 2018!
The Iron Dog Recreational Class is not a competitive race, but is equally as tough and rewarding. Recreational Class riders follow the Historic and Scenic Iditarod Trail from Big Lake to Nome. Teams are required to be a minimum of two persons on their own snowmobiles. There are no specific requirements for the brand, CC or type of snowmobile when participating in the Recreational Class.
Recreational Class participants encounter much of the same challenges of the Professional Class without the competitive pressure of the race. The teams in this class start two days before the Professional Class and meet up with them in Nome. A Halfway Pro Class and Finishing Recreational Class “Celebration Banquet” is held Wednesday evening in Nome.
Quick Overview For Novice or First Time Riders
Iron Dog Recreational Class riders are provided fuel, oil and basic instructions about the route but are generally expected to cover personal expenses such as accommodation, food and any unexpected expenses. Proper planning and discussion with veteran riders will give riders a better sense of what to expect when traveling in remote/rural Alaska. Iron Dog transportation partners have traditionally offered very generous deals to assist riders in getting their snowmobiles back from Nome. Most important, when in doubt – ask!