Get ready for some fun and fast action with Iron Dog 2016. Here’s the schedule for today, Saturday, Feb. 20, and tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 21.
The Anchorage Start: Sat., Feb. 20, 2016
Pro Class official start in Anchorage
9:30 a.m.: Race teams must be positioned in the race pit.
9:30 a.m.: Vintage snowmobile “shine & show” and Iron Pup kids scavenger hunt begins
10 a.m.: Meet & greet with the Pro Class racers.
10:30 a.m.: Vintage snowmobile Shine & Show and parade hosted by Everts Air Cargo
11 a.m.: Close the Pit Area.
11:30 a.m.: Color Guard, National Anthem and announcements.
12:10 p.m.: First Green Flag drops for the first team.
1:30 p.m.: AMMC’s Iron Pup Kids Parade. www.ammcracing.org
2 p.m.: Flying Iron freestyle show at (Third Avenue and E Street)
The Big Lake Re-Start: Sun., Feb. 21, 2016
If you missed out on the Anchorage ceremonial start, you’ll have one more opportunity to wave the racers off on their journey. Iron Dog rolls up its sleeves and gets down to business on Sunday, Feb. 21, in Big Lake, on the lake. Race teams will be released in succession starting at 11 a.m. As in past years, each team can be watched as they speed away across icy Big Lake before vanishing into the Alaska wilderness.
Fans won’t find as much of a festive atmosphere as compared to the Anchorage start, but they will see the serious side of the race teams and witness their anticipation to compete.
8 a.m.: Teams must be parked on the ice and start unloading. (Don’t be late!)
9 a.m.: Race teams must be positioned at the start in the race pit.
9:45 a.m. : Color Guard, National Anthem and announcements.
11 a.m. : First Green Flag drops and continues in two-minute intervals.
12:30 p.m.: End of the restart. (Time to pack up for Nome and Fairbanks.)