Iron Dog has made significant strides in the last five years both in public recognition and corporate support. Thanks to the ongoing support of its sponsors, volunteers and racing community, Iron Dog has the strength and stability to give back to the athletes who compete in this amazing race.
“The racers have been very patient with us as we’ve reinvested in new events and promotions over the last few years.” said Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog executive director. “Our continued success is dependent on a balanced focus of attention to the pillars of our sponsors, volunteers, racers and communities who make our organization so successful. It was time to give back to the racers and the Board of Directors unanimously agreed that an increase in the cash prize was overdue.”
While the final announcement of the entire 2016 purse is yet to be announced, the Iron Dog Board of Directors has approved an increase in the first place cash prize to $65,000.
In addition to the cash payouts, Iron Dog typically attracts a great collection of contingency prizes for rookies, veterans and riders of all makes. The final purse and cash payouts are typically revealed in January once the final tally of sponsorships, contingency prizes and budgets have been fully vetted.
“The Board of Directors robustly discusses every change knowing that even small ones affect all racers, sponsors, fans, and stakeholders,” said Board president Marianne Beckham. “Increasing the first-place cash prize was an easy decision and enthusiastically supported without exception.”
Again for 2016, the first major prize to be awarded is the “Gold Rush Prize,” a $10,000 cash prize provided by Donlin Gold. The prize will be presented to the fastest Pro Class team to make it to Nome during a halfway ceremony on Feb. 24, 2016 in Nome.
Iron Dog 2016 begins with prerace events starting on Feb. 18, 2016, with an expo at Cabela’s Anchorage, the return of the Flying Iron Freestyle snowmobile shows, a ceremonial start on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Anchorage and closing out the 10 days of events on Feb. 27, 2016, with the finish in downtown Fairbanks.
Visit www.irondog.org/event-info for more information.