The Iron Dog course is now over 2,000 miles, from Big Lake to Nome and finishing in Fairbanks, making it the World’s longest snowmobile race. Participants must traverse in some of Alaska’s the most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential, making it the World’s toughest snowmobile race. All teams in race classes are a team of two persons and two snowmobiles for safety.
The Iron Dog offers a non-competitive Recreational Class giving adventure seekers an opportunity to travel 1100 miles on the Northern Route of Historic Iditarod Trail to Nome. These teams of two or more travel the same race trail as the Pro Class Teams.
Iron Dog, Inc. brings a World Class Event across the State of Alaska each February impacting over twenty five Alaskan communities beginning with the “Iron Dog Safety EXPO”. This EXPO provides a unique winter recreational trade show that brings in industry vendors, promotes snowmobile safety and education through seminars, and a face to face opportunity for the fans and media to meet with notable Iron Dog athletes.
Race Event Start includes fundraising activities, vendor booths and a patriotic celebration start. Nome marks the half way point for the racers and a finish for the recreational class. The Nome Halfway Banquet brings the race participants and fans together with celebration awards, tales from the trail, slide show presentations, and prizes. Pro Class participant’s race into Fairbanks chasing one of the many contingency awards based on the fastest team between two check points crossing the finish line. Teams are held in the City of Tanana before Fairbanks in order to have the teams cross the Finish line in a two hour window for spectator viewing. A finishing banquet celebration is held the evening of the Finish. The Awards Banquet is now a reception for sponsors, racers and family held in local venue to present awards.
Race participation has been averaging 30-35 Pro Class teams with an average of 18-22 Recreational Class riders.
Iron Dog is a proud leader in the snowmobile sports community promoting snowmobile safety and outdoor education through trade shows, seminars and community events.
Longest, toughest snowmobile race in the world. From Big Lake to Nome and finishing on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.
From Big Lake to Nome, to Fairbanks
Admission Fee: spectators free
2,031 Rugged Alaska Miles,
The race is broken into four major legs:
– Big Lake to McGrath
– McGrath to Nome (North)
– Nome (South) to Tanana
– Tanana to Fairbanks
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– A second show will follow the start of the Iron Dog in Anchorage at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 20, 2015.
Downtown Anchorage roads will begin closing at 4:00 pm Friday, February 19th. Go to the 5th & B St. EasyPark garage for the best access to the Flying Iron Show.