Ravn Alaska, the official Airline of the Iron Dog, has been a longtime partner and supporter of the race’s flying needs from start to finish. In 2015, they went above and beyond to facilitate an amazing trip for the Iron Dog Urban-Rural Student program The 2015 Iron Dog Urban-Rural Exchange students embarked on a once in a lifetime cultural and educational experience from Anchorage to Barrow to Fairbanks.
“The Iron Dog student exchange is a key program we developed to give back to communities across Alaska” said Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog executive director. “Our goal since its inception has been to engage Iron Dog communities while giving high school students an exciting event as a backdrop for a very unique exchange program that connects Alaska’s urban and rural communities in a meaningful way. This collaboration is similar to what we do every year with our sponsors, racers, volunteers and communities all along the Iron Dog trail. The positive impact in real student’s lives has been meaningful, lasting and measurable.”
Since 2011, Ravn Alaska has been a key partner in making Iron Dog’s student program a success. In 2015, they sent students to Barrow, Anchorage and Fairbanks. While not on the race trail, the Barrow trip offered a unique opportunity for students to experience one of the most extreme locations in Alaska.
“We also had a Pro Class team from Barrow recently, so there was a community connection that also played a part in choosing this location for 2015,” Kastner said. The Urban-Rural exchange is a key part of Iron Dog’s commitment to giving back to the community, engaging young people in event and opportunities that inspire and driving cultural, economic and geographic awareness to students across Alaska.
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