January 29th - January 30th

Join us for the 2016 IronLine Sled Dog & FatBike Race in the beautiful Iron County, Michigan

Check out other photos from the race.

2015 IronLine Sled Dog Race Results

Overall Race Results
*Bib numbers and race times on timing sheet at the bottom.

1. Kris Sampson
2. Frank Holmberg
3. Joann Fortier
4. Jerry Papke
5. Larry Fortier
6. Mike Bestgen
7. Fred Powers
8. Amber Evans
9. Chad Grentz
10. Becky Bean

1. Martha Schouweiler
2. Lynn Witte
3. Mike Betz
4. Blair Braverman
5. Jerry Trudell
6. Randall Foust
7. Bruce McGuigan
8. Ron Hayden
9. Susan Serafini
10. Brian Kandler
11. Liza Dietzen
John Perry—DNF

1. Jesse Quayle
2. Dylan Grentz
3. Teri Grout
4. Craig Fox
5. Tim Wood
6. Quince Mountain
7. Kate Dehlin





2015 IronLine FatBike Overall Results

2015 Overall Results
*Times and racer numbers listed on timing sheet at the bottom.

40K FatBike
1. Evan Simula
2. Tyler Gauthier
3. Brian Geshel
4. Jason Jilbert
5. Ken Naef
6. Cooper Dandel—W
7. Pete Karinen
8. Tim Shandonay
9. Mitch Edbauer
10. Dominick Martorano
11. Pat Szubielak
12. Amy Michaels—W
13. Bob Carpenter
14. Matt Lemorande
15. Lyle Michaels
16. Dave Volpenteste
17. Amy Racine—W
18. Jason Fudala
19. Josh Brindle
20. Mark Harrick
21. Mike Kerrigan—DNF
22. Scott School—DNF

20K FatBike
1. Andrew Tegge
2. Eric Knauss
3. James Misturik
4. Benjamin Garcia
5. Alex Fields
6. Alysia Harrick—W



2015 Musher Schedule/Race Schedule

2015 Musher Schedule/Race Schedule

Friday, January 30th

8:30am: Registration Opens @ YooperLand Realty (1 East Genesee St., directly behind Americinn)
9:00am—1:30pm: Vet Checks (sign up for time slot at Registration)
2:00pm—Musher Luncheon @ Grace Covenant Church (316 Jasper St., Iron River)
4:00pm—Truck Parking @ Iron River RV Park (50 East Genesee St., Iron River, MI 49935)
6:00pm—Opening Ceremonies
6:30—Race Start, Stage 1 (10 & 6-dog)

Saturday, January 31st

7:30-8:15am—4-Dog Recreation Race Registration
8:30am—Stage 2 Start, 10 & 6-Dog, 4-Dog directly following
9:30-11:30—FATBIKE Race Registration
12:00-12:30—Stage 2, Sled Dog Races wraps up.

12:00pm-12:15pm—FatBike Race Meeting & Staging, Chamber of Commerce A-Frame (upper parking lot, @ RV Park)
12:30—FatBike Race(s) Begin
3:00-3:30—FatBike Race(s) End
5:00—Banquet @ George Young’s Recreation Complex (159 Young’s Lane,
Iron River, MI 49935)

Merchandise will be available throughout the race at the RV Park & George Young Recreation Complex. Stop by and see us!


6-Dog & FatBike Trail Data


Follow this link to look at our trail profile, elevation profile, and more accurate distance. This is the specific trail for our 6-Dog & FatBike course which had our newest IRONLINE trail added in.

*we do believe there was one small wrong turn on this run, bringing the overall distance of the trail very close to 12 miles, one direction (instead of the 12.4 which the data shows). This would bring overall distance to right at 24 miles for our full-length FatBike race.

2015 IronLine Volunteer Call-Out & Movie Night!

Join us at the Windsor Center in Iron River (old middle school) on Thursday JANUARY 22nd @ 6:00pm to view a great sled dog racing film! We will be viewing the 2014 Iditarod Race Documantary: The March to Nome, complete with footage of Iditarod history. Along with this film, we will see a short clip of last year’s IronLine race, give a call-out for new volunteers, and everyone will have their first chance to purchase NEW, 2015 IronLine merchandise. This is a FREE event brought to you through a partnership with Movies at the Windsor & Interpose Productions. Everyone welcome! Donations appreciated.


Registered Mushers for 2015 (UPDATED)

Registered Mushers for 2015

10-Dog Pro Class

1. Larry Fortier, Gaylord, MI
2. Joann Fortier, Gaylord, MI
3. Jerry Trudell, Calumet, MI
4. Mike Bestgen, MN
5. Fred Powers, Wetmore, MI
6. Chad Grentz, Nisula, MI
7. Jerry Papke, Kingston, MI
8. Shannon Miller, OH
9. Becky Bean, Laurium, MI
10. Amber Evans, Milaca, MN

6-Dog Sport Class

1. Lynne Witte, Mt. Clemens, MI
2. Randall Foust, Mountain, WI
3. Ron Hayden, Seven Hills, OH
4. Susan Sarafini, Hancock, MI
5. Larry Krot, Ohio
6. Liza Dietzen, Skandia, MI
7. S. Leigh Hunteman, Cambridge, MD
8. Mike Betz, Hudson, WI
9. Blair Braverman, Mountain, WI
10. Brian Kandler, Mason, MI

4-Dog Recreational Class

1. Jesse Quayle, Champion, MIA
2. Tim Wood, Skandia, MI
3. Teri Grout, Chatham, MI


FatBike Shorty Announced for 2015

For all of you who weren’t wanting to race the 22-mile/40K FATBIKE Race, we have added a shorter one. Whether you are a beginner, new comer to winter mountain biking, or just don’t have any training in…the FATBIKE Shorty could be for you!

Leaves right after 40K FATBIKE Race.

$35 anytime fee. You can show up race day and just ride!

Small prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.

29+ Bikes are allowed.

Uses the same groomed trail as our other races.

*THIS RACE DOESN’T YET SHOW UP ON THE OFFICIAL RACE REGISTRATION. Please email us at theironline@gmail.com to enter or arrive early on Saturday, January 31st. (Then you can watch some of the dogs running!)


IRONLINE 4-Dog Race Info

12-Mile distance

Uses same trail as other races, same as last year.

Turnaround at 6-mile marker, race personnel will be stationed there.

No standard vet checks, but vets will be on-hand to look teams over AND vet records will still be required.

Very basic bag requirements. Functional sled required, brakes, snow hook, etc.

1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards.

Teams aren’t required to be at six and ten-dog class Musher Meeting/Luncheon prior to FRIDAY start.

Those who have never raced are welcome!

Registration is from 7:30-8:00 if you are coming in Saturday morning.

Brief meeting with 4-dog Teams before start, to hand out bibs., and give trail info. Race starts directly after 10 & 6-Dog team leave (8:30am), Saturday morning, JANUARY 31st.


2015 Trail Update


We wanted to bring everyone up to speed for our trail this year. Mainly, the overall trail is the same as last year. The 10-Dog trail still goes out and around the George Young Golf Course and then around Chicagoan Lake and, finally, back to town. The only CHANGES we have made have been to better the 6-Dog Race and FatBike course, which are one in the same.

Instead of just doing an “out & back” and turning the 6-Dog teams around on the lake, we are going to run the 6-Dog teams and the FatBike Race around The Golf Complex, enjoying much more scenic and challenging terrain in the beautiful wooded area that only the 10-Dog teams usually see. THIS WILL MAKE THE 6-DOG RACE AROUND 2 MILES LONGER THIS YEAR, but again, seems very much worth it!

If you look on the map of last year’s route, the 6-dog portion will drop south off of the “green route” and do some of the wooded “serpentine” portion in the woods of the Golf Complex. This will be the only major change to all of our courses this year. Enjoy!

*Also, the 4-Dog and Recreational FatBike classes will turn around somewhere around 6-6.5 miles down the green route and then come back. THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.