Iron Dog through the years

by • February 13, 2014 • Briefs & UpdatesComments (0)257

 

1984

  • First Iron Dog Race Called the “Iditarod Iron Dog Classic”
  • Due to warm weather the race was from McGrath to Nome.
  • 15 Teams raced for a purse of $20,000
  • John Faeo & Rod Frank, First Place win $8,500
  • Average Speed, 35mph

1985

Iron Dog Snowmobile Race history

  • Race name changed to “Gold Rush Classic”
  • Race route Wasilla to Nome, 1,049 miles.

1987

  • First woman, Melinda, to enter the race with husband, Doug Lyman

1988

  • John Faeo and partner Dan Zipay win their third straight Iron Dog race.

1989

  • Doreen Long, the first woman to cross the finish line in trail class with husband Bill.
  • Lowest number of Race Class entrants, 7 teams.
  • First race to start in Nome.

1990

  • First husband and wife team compete, Bill and Doreen Long.

1993

  • Race route becomes Wasilla to Nome to Wasilla doubling miles, 2,098
  • Five time Iditarod Champion, Rick Swenson, enters the Iron Dog with partner Pat Delia.

1994

  • $50,000 first place prize money.

1996

  • With partner Bob Gilman, John Faeo takes his seventh first-place finish.

1997

  • First all female team enters, Lisa Luther and Laura Carr.

1998

  • Race route changes to include Fairbanks, Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks, 1,971 miles.

1999

  • Largest amount of participants entered, 122.

2000

  • First all-women’s team to cross the finish line, Jackie Page and Missy McClurg.

2002

  • Race cancelled due to warm temperatures and poor trail conditions.

2003

  • Race route flipped, starting in Fairbanks to Nome to Wasilla.
  • First time a Ski-Doo Team crosses the finish line in first place.

2004

  • Race route changed, Wasilla to Nome to Wasilla
  • First Rookie in a pro class team crosses the finish line in first place, Nick Olstad.

2007

  • Scott Davis ties John Faeo with seven championships.

2008

  • Record number of Pro Class Race Teams, 40; Rookies Teams, 23; Lower 48 Teams, five.
  • Largest race purse, $165,000

2011

  • Race route extended to 2,031 miles and North Pole added as a checkpoint.

2012

  • Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna win with a record course time of 35 hours, 39 minutes, and 56 seconds.

 

13 Wins on Polaris
10 Wins on Arctic Cat
3 Wins on Yamaha
3 Wins on Ski-Doo

 

 

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