The Anchorage Start: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017
Official start in Anchorage
9:30 a.m.: Race teams must be positioned in the race pit.
9:30 a.m.: Vintage snowmachine “Shine & Show” and Iron Pup kids meet at the start area.
10 a.m.: Meet and greet the Pro Class racers.
10:30 a.m.: Mat-Su Vintage Racing Club’s Shine & Show hosted by Everts Cargo.
11 a.m.: Closing of the pit area.
Noon: Color Guard, National Anthem and announcements.
12:30 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.: Second Flying Iron freestyle show at EasyPark Coho parking lot (Third Avenue and E Street).
The Big Lake Re-Start: Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
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. 19, 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.
8:30 a.m.: Teams must be parked on the ice and start unloading. (Don’t be late!)
9:30 a.m.: Race teams must be positioned at the start in the race pit.
10:45 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.)
The Fairbanks Finish: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Having the Iron Dog finish in Fairbanks is a great way to celebrate the end of a long and challenging race just as starting it in Anchorage is an excellent way to kick off the race. Both locations allow better access to the race and racers, and improved overall spectator participation. In short, Iron Dog comes to the masses.
Indeed having the finish in Fairbanks affords fans one last opportunity to watch the racers – albeit they are a little more haggard, a little less chipper yet in celebratory mode after their long race is over. The route veers south of Fairbanks through the Fort Wainwright Recreational Area toward North Pole and Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project. The race ends at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks.
Although festivities are on a smaller scale than the Anchorage send-off, now is the time that the racers can finally relax and enjoy the fact that they have survived the coined “longest, toughest snowmachine race in the world.”
10 a.m.: Kickoff with sponsors, vendors and activities in downtown Fairbanks.
11:30 a.m.: Announcements and preparing for the first-place team to arrive.
3 p.m.: Iron Dog merchandise tent closes so act fast earlier to get your gear.
5 p.m.: Last teams to arrive at the finish line.
6 p.m.: Meet and Greet and cocktails at the Westmark Gold Room Ballroom.
7-9 p.m.: Awards Ceremonies, followed by revelry among those celebrating their finish, and their friends and family.
2017 Iron Dog Downtown Anchorage
Road Closures: 4th Ave. (C St. to I St.), 3rd Ave. (C St. to E St.), I St. to D St. between 3rd and 5th Aves.
Iron Dog Start In front of 4th Avenue Theater
Vintage Sleds & Iron Pups 4th Ave. near the Iron Dog start
Iron Dog HQ & Information On F St. near 4th Ave. near the Visit Anchorage log cabin
Flying Iron Freestyle Show EasyPark Coho lot, 3rd Ave. below Sunshine Plaza
Best Parking EasyPark garage on C. St. between 4th and 5th