The loop has always had board support, and now it has even more support as sponsors start to get behind the region – and most notably, the enthusiastic fans – from Buckland, Selawik, Kiana, Noorvik and Kotzebue. Supporters were out at all hours of the night cheering on our teams last year, and we are looking forward to hearing even more noise from those fine fans in 2021.
The World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race is slated to leave Big Lake on Saturday, Feb. 13, head to Nome for the NAC halfway banquet, then hightail it to Koyuk, Buckland, Selawik, Kiana, Noorvik, Kotzebue and back through Buckland to Koyuk. The racers will turn south down the coast to finish on Big Lake Feb. 20. The additional loop creates a total course mileage of 2,645.
Pro class teams will leave the Big Lake starting chute on Saturday, Feb. 13, and return Feb. 20, covering some 2,600 miles during the 38th running of the Iron Dog. Expedition Class riders will start Thursday, Feb. 11 on Big Lake and finish in Nome some five days later.
Early registration for Pro and Expedition classes started June 15 online at irondog.org/register. So far, seven Pro teams and 11 Expedition class riders have signed up. The first 15 Pro teams to sign up get to pick their start position in the order they registered.
Registration closes Oct. 31, 2020. Entry fees per person are the same as last year: Pro class entry is $4,100; Expedition class entry is $2,600.
The Iron Dog board is comprised of the following members: Roger Brown, North Pole, President; Doug Dixon, Anchorage, Vice President; Keith Manternach, Anchorage, Treasurer; Jake Goodell, Anchorage, Secretary; Ginny Emmons, Nome; Steve Mattila, Anchorage; Micah Huss, Anchorage; Dennis Falldorf, Anchorage; Danny Gueco, Wasilla; Howard Thies, Fairbanks; Claude Wilson, Kotzebue; Jay Sears, Kotzebue; John Andrey, Anchorage.