Get ready for some fun and fast action with Iron Dog 2016. Here’s the schedule in a nutshell.
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.)
The Fairbanks Finish: Sat., Feb. 27, 2016
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.
“It is always a good time in Fairbanks watching racers come in off the (Chena) River,” said Iron Dog executive director Kevin Kastner. “It was a good move making the finish end there, in Alaska’s second largest city.”
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, Alaska and Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project. Racers drive north through the Flood Project and onto the Chena River heading back toward 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.”
9:30 a.m.: Fairbanks Tired Iron with vintage racing, kids’ activities and fun for all ages.
10 a.m.: Vintage racing on the Chena River with Tired Iron.
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 on the Chena River.
6 p.m.: Meet and Greet and cocktails at the Westmark Gold Room Ballroom.
7-9 p.m.: Awards Ceremonies
10 p.m.: After-party at the Westmark