January 30th - January 31st

Join us for this year's exciting IronLine Sled Dog race in beautiful Iron County, Michigan

Check out other photos from the race.

2014 Registration Headquarters

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ATTENTION MUSHERS:

Registration for IronLine 2014 will be hosted again by Yooperland Realty, 1 East Genesee St. Iron River, MI 49935. Look for the little blue cabin directly behind Americinn in Iron River (on US 2) and right across the street from our Chamber of Commerce/RV park that acts as our staging area for the race. Registration will start at 9:00am and go until 1:00. You will sign up for your vet check time slot there. We can answer any other questions on Friday morning.

See ya there!

Dog Handling Training

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Dog Handling Training at Angeli’s Central Market in Iron River Michigan, right off of US 2. Please join in with us at 5:00pm in the front of the parking lot as Evergreen Kennel leads us in understanding Alaskan huskies, sleds and lines, and how to handle these furry athletes!

4-Dog Recreational Race, IronLine 2014

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2014 IronLine 4-Dog Race (12 miles)

12-Mile distance
Uses existing 6 & 10-dog trail
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.
1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards.
Teams aren’t required to be at six and ten-dog class Musher Meeting/Luncheon
Those who have never raced are welcome!
Registration is from 8:00-8:30am if you are coming in Saturday morning.
9:00am: Brief meeting with 4-dog Teams, hand out bibs.
Race starts 10:00am Saturday morning, February 1st.

2014 IronLine Race Purse Announced

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The IronLine is very happy to report that, due to generous donations from the City of Iron River, the Downtown Development Authority and our Community Concepts board, we have secured a guaranteed $7,000 purse! This is going to pay out to the 8th place in our Pro Class 10-dog race and almost doubles last year’s purse. We hope that everyone out there feels the support and enthusiasm that we feel from Iron River and Iron County Michigan. This race just gets better and better!

Here’s the breakdown:

1st: $2,000
2nd: $1,500
3rd: $1,000
4th: $850
5th: $700
6th: $500
7th: $250
8th: $200

Thanks again to all our sponsors and this great city and county for all you have done to support IronLine 2014!

2014 Musher Schedule

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IronLine 80 & 40 

THURSDAY: 

Mushers welcome to camp in our RV park/staging area if arrangements are made prior to race.  PLEASE EMAIL US.

Teams are also allowed to camp in parking spots through the two days of the race.

FRIDAY: 

9:00am:  Registration Opens

10:00—1:30 Vet Checks

2:00pm:  Musher Luncheon/Bib Draw @ West Iron District Library, catered by KFC

($8.00 per person)

4:00-5:00pm:  Musher Parking & Bag Checks  (directly following Bib Draw)

6:00pm:  Opening Ceremonies

6:30pm:  Race Starts, Stage 1

 SATURDAY: 

9:00am:  Village opens

10:00am:  4-Dog race starts

1:00pm:  Stage 2 Starts, Iron River RV Park

6:00-7:30:  Musher Awards Banquet, George Young’s Recreation Complex

(just outside of Iron River)

2014 Race Updates & FAQ

We wanted to update everyone on the progress for The IronLine 2014! JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 1st

1. We ARE having a 4-dog Recreational Race for up-and-comers, young mushers, and those just wanting to have fun running dogs. There will be awards, NO vet checks, but vet records are needed. Jackie Winkowski will be helping us out on this one.

2. We STILL have room in all race categories, including the ten, six, and four-dog. We have the most ten–dog teams right now.

3. There will be a competitive purse for the ten-dog race, but it is a little early to tell. Our target RACE PURSE was $6,500-8,500.

4. We are STILL looking for sponsors of all shapes and sizes and there is still time to get behind IronLine 2014!

5. Lyle Ross is again acting as Mentor and Race Marshall/Judge. We are happy to have Lyle overseeing this great race!

6. The main race course for the ten and six-dog class has been GPSed at an actual 37-38 miles as of this last week. So, we are very close to the target 40-mile mark!

7. Iron River and the surrounding area has been getting fairly consistent snow since the third week of November and the trails are looking good. Groomers for snowmobile sections are already out, a great sign! And our trail crew is already dragging and marking back country sections, and they are excited at what they are seeing!

8. We are still looking for VOLUNTEERS this year. We could still use help in dog handling and traffic control, and a couple road crossings. Email us if you want to get involved!

9. The Musher’s Village is still looking for food and craft vendors as well as outdoor, winter enthusiasts that may have something interesting to bring to the village atmosphere.

10. We still need a musher to offer up their services for kid’s sled rides on Saturday morning. Know anyone?

11. Oh, and part of our merchandise lineup this year includes travel coffee mugs!

12. The overall schedule for mushers will start Friday morning around 9:00 am, with vet checks directly after. Musher luncheon/meeting in the early afternoon, and then a 6:30 start for Stage 1. Saturday will start a little later this year, for Stage 2, and will take off out of the Musher’s Village in the early afternoon, hopefully wrapping up before 5:00pm. Banquet at 7:00.

13. I’m very proud to announce that this year has come together much quicker and easier because of all of the volunteer and community support and having extra people on staff to carry the load, not to mention a bang-up trail crew that is absolutely on top of everything. Can’t wait for IronLine 2014!!!

Josh & Grace Brindle

NOTE: the OFFICIAL contingency date for the race is February 7-8.

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2014 Trail Map

Iron_Line_2014_Trail_Prelim_MapFor those that saw the course last year, we are keeping most of what we had intact for 2014: Chicagoan Lake, George Young’s Golf Course (which ended up being gorgeous!), and the access community trail. Snowmobile trial usage and road crossings will be kept to a serious minimum. Trail signage will be numerous. And, we are legitimately trying to light our frozen lake section with LED markers for further visibility!

2014 Registration Open!

The 2014 Musher Registration is now officially open. The “Musher” tab should pull down to reveal our simple form to fill out. Again, the race is set for Jan. 31st—Feb. 1st. NOTE: this year we are having a fun one-day, 4-dog race (rec. class) on Saturday morning. It is listed as 15 miles, but will probably be closer to 12. We will update that soon. But make sure you register between now and October 1st to get the lowest price for the 2014 season!

Please email us with any questions or visit us on Facebook!

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2013 Recap Videos

Thank you to Willie Buck Productions for putting together these clips from the 2013 IronLine event! Also, a special thank you to Lisa Deitzen for donating so much of her footage for these videos!

2014 IronLine Race Info

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Hello from IronLine central! Everyone has been asking and emailing us about details for the 2014 race coming up this winter. Well, I am very pleased to inform you that we have been meeting with our core planning team and have arrived at some decisions for the 2nd Annual IronLine:

RACE DATE: this was tough, with February being a strange month, having overlapping weekends and a couple other schedule changes from other Midwest races. Be that as it may, we have come up with the weekend of January 31st—February 1st for our date. We know that this conflicts with the Apostle Island Race in Bayfield, WI, but we felt that the race formats were different enough to allow for both. We do not mean any disrespect to their race. If we had a better date, with no conflicts, we would have chosen that. This date also allows for a built-in contingency plan for Feb. 14-15, in case of low snow or bad weather.

RACE FORMAT: As far as we were concerned, and many mushers, volunteers, and folks in our community, last year’s IronLine was a great success, especially since it was our first race. So, we felt that it would be advantageous for everyone involved to stick with what worked and look at doing our race like last year, only turning everything up a notch or two. The idea of the “mini-stage” format we went with seemed to work, however we missed our goal of a 40 & 80 race with the trail distance being closer to 31 miles for the 10-dog class. We are again going to shoot for these distances, confident we can hit it more on the money. And yes, it will be two stages for both the six and ten dog classes, with a Friday night start and a Saturday afternoon second stage.

RACE PURSE: This is an area where we want to go a bit bigger. Last year we ended up with nearly a $4,000 purse. This year we are looking at $7,000 -8,000. We hope that this makes the race competitive and fun.

ENTRY FEE: We thought ahead last year and set an entry fee we felt we could stay at through the years, so there should be no significant differences in the fees, nor the month by month pre-entry breakdown.

TRAIL: For those that saw the course last year, we are keeping most of what we had intact for 2014: Chicagoan Lake, George Young’s Golf Course (which ended up being gorgeous!), and the access community trail. Snowmobile trial usage and road crossings will be kept to a serious minimum. Trail signage will be numerous. And, we are legitimately trying to light our frozen lake section with LED markers for further visibility!

MUSHER VILLAGE: For families and spectators, the Musher Village around our awesome RV park staging area will be livelier than ever for 2014! We are looking at more restroom facilities, more heated tents, more vendors, more food, more children’s activities, sled dog rides, more access, and a broader layout. Should be exciting and up the fun factor for our event.

PRIZE PACKAGES: We are also working with sponsors to offer many of the mushers who might not bring home cash winnings at least some nice prizes, whether they be gift certificates, food, dog food, or clothing. We really want nobody to go home “empty-handed” from IronLine 2014!

Thank you so much for your interest in The IronLine sled dog race for 2014! We are working as hard as we can to make this a fun, competitive, and exciting event for all mushers, their families, and for our wonderful community here in Iron County Michigan!

Race Directors Josh & Grace Brindle

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