Photo credit: Arnie Nassuk. Team #10 passing through Koyuk.
As the 30th running of the Iron Dog race closes in, teams are already putting hundreds of miles on their bodies and equipment. Due to personal circumstance, injuries or crashes, a few racers have already dropped out of the 2013 race.
The following changes to the original roster as of January 29, 2013.
Jared Walker was the first replacement. He took the place of a Ferreira brother who dropped out due to a minor foot injury. This replacement managed to get into the Official Race Guide.
Maine racer, Brian Howard dropped out and was replaced with a local veteran, Race Price. He will partner with Nova Scotia rider, Jean Aucoin.
For personal reasons, Team #9’s original duo was completely replaced just days ago by veteran champions Tyler Huntington and Evan Booth. The excitement of this team was short-lived due to a serious injury during a training run just a few miles from Shaktoolik on January 28, 2013. We expect that Tyler will be replaced by another veteran racer, Doug Dixon.
Just another day for the Iron Dog
It’s not unusual to have teams drop out before the race and it appears that 2013 will be no different. As always, the Iron Dog is a fluid event with many challenges and ever changing situations. It takes a strong will and tough back to survive the Iron Dog, and sometimes just getting to the Start is half the battle. Of course, this year we are extremely grateful that Tyler is alive and expected to recover from his injuries!
2013 Iron Dog Race Start Information.
How are team members replaced or swapped?
While the rules do allow for substitutions, all racer changes do receive Board of Director approval before they are officially allowed to race. Here are some details:
- Teams may change one or both riders up to the day of the Racer’s Drawing.
- If ONE racer is replaced, the Team retains it’s Early Entry drawing status or starting position.
- If BOTH racers are replaced, the Team is automatically moved to the 2nd drawing or to the very last position if the Racer’s drawing has already taken place.
1.9. Substitutions and replacements of participating entrants are only allowed prior to the start of the race and only after proper paperwork and fees have been received and approved by the Iron Dog® prior to the Driver’s Meeting.
1.9.1. If one (1) team member is replaced, the team retains their entry draw position.
1.9.2. If an entire team is replaced, the team is moved to the second draw if the drawing has not yet occurred. If the drawing has occurred, the team will be moved to last position of the starting order.
Link to the 2013 rules: www.irondograce.org/racers/race-rules/