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.

UPDATED: FatBike Race Info

We have been getting a lot of questions on our NEW FatBike Race and we would like to give everyone our most up-to-date info on this event.

DISTANCE

40k or approximately 22 miles.

(As with all outdoor events and especially snowsports, there may be minor changes made do to snow conditions or unforeseen causes)

CLASSES

With our first race, we are using the “keep it simple” approach and simply offering two classes, men’s and women’s. Hopefully, as we grow in coming years, we will add more categories.

TRAIL LAYOUT

Unique to the IronLine, our trail will follow much of our sled dog trail which is groomed for a couple months before our race. The FatBike “out-and-back” incorporates all of our six-dog class trail and is made of three main sections:

1) Apple Blossom Community Footpath: this section is smooth and pretty and only has about one good climb. 2 miles.

2) ORV Trail #16: this is a fairly straight forward and quite “straight” section of groomed snowmobile trail. Not much climbing, a couple bridges, pretty. This area will still be open to snow machine traffic and they WILL have right of way. This area connects Iron River to the George Young Recreation Complex. 13-14 miles (out and back)

3) George Young Rec. Complex: this section will be the most MTB/single track part of the racecourse. You will see narrower trails, more climbing, thicker woods, and more technical terrain in general. This will also be where the course turns around and comes back to town. 4 miles

STARTING AREA

Iron River RV Park
50 East Genesee St.
Iron River, MI 49935

Starting area contains our Mushers Village which will be home to some food vendors and hot coffee. Plus, there will be activities for the whole family, kids sled dog rides, and games. IronLine merchandise will also be available in the village.

PRE-RACE RIDERS MEETING

There will be a pre-race riders meeting at noon before our 12:30 start on Saturday, January 31st.

NO RIDERS ON COURSE BEFORE RACE

There will be 25-30 dog teams on these trails all morning. We would prefer we didn’t have any dog/FatBike entanglements.

FATBIKES ONLY

We will be making sure everyone’s tires stay fat! So, 3.7″ or bigger. However, there have been a couple questions about 29+, but the conditions probably won’t favor those. Stay tuned.

RACE PURSE

We have a guaranteed cash purse of $1,500 to split with the top men and women riders. These riders will also be invited to the Mushers/Winners Banquet.

TRAIL MAPS (coming soon)

RACE RULES (coming soon) These will be very standard.

*PLEASE, PLEASE feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas, concerns.
Email: theironline@gmail.com
Phone: 906-284-2592
Facebook: TheIronLine Sled Dog Race

*Registration IS live! Tell your friends.

Thanks,
Josh & Grace Brindle, IronLine Race Directors

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Registered Mushers as of December 1st

Registered Mushers for 2015

10-Dog Pro Class

1. Larry Fortier, Gaylord, MI
2. Joann Fortier, Gaylord, MI
3. Jerry Trudell, Calumet, MI
4. S. Leigh Hunteman, Cambridge, MD
5. Fred Powers, Wetmore, MI
6. Chad Grentz, Nisula, MI

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, MIA

4-Dog Recreational Class

No entries yet.

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Official Race Purse(s) Announced for 2015!

The IronLine is pleased to announce, through much community support and tried and true sponsorship, we are again offering a $7,000 guaranteed purse for our 2015 10-Dog Pro Class!

We are also happy to announce our competitive and growing six-dog class will receive beautiful prizes in the form of handmade Kro Knives, as well as selected IronLine merchandise and other gifts form our sponsors!

Last, but certainly not least, we will be offering a guaranteed purse of $1,500
to our NEW FatBike Race being split up to both the men and women. We will also be offering certain additional prizes from sponsors and this will increase if we get more than 20 riders.

*All FatBike racers will receive a t-shirt and/or other IronLine merchandise for racing in our first race.

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2015 IronLine RaceDay Schedule

2015 IronLine Race Weekend Race Schedule

Thursday, January 29th @ 5:30: DOG HANDLING TRAINING @ Angeli’s

Friday Night, January 30th
5:00: Musher Village/RV Park opens to public
6:15: Opening Ceremonies
6:30: Start of Stage 1 (dog sled, 6-dog & 10-dog)
9:30: Conclusion of Stage 1

Saturday, January 31st
8:30 am: Start of Stage 2 (all mushing classes, 10-dog & 6-dog, immediately followed by 4-dog Recreational Class)
12:00 noon: End of Stage 2
12:30: FatBike Race Begins
3:30: FatBike Race finish
6:00: Banquet @ George Young’s

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NEW: FATBIKE Race for 2015!

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Ever since the beginning, the IronLine organizational crew has set out to have a full-functioning winter festival type of event surrounding our sled dog race. After two successful years, we want to bring something new to the table: a Fatbike race. If you don’t know what fatbikes are, you should. The sport has seriously grown over the last 3-5 years, and races are popping up all over the northern states, especially here in the upper Midwest. Understanding this, and adding that a few of our core organizers are winter bikers and privy to the ins and outs of fatbiking/snow biking, we have decided to launch our first IronLine Fatbike Race in 2015!

We are very excited to basically “double our efforts” by adding another fun, yet competitive winter sport to our great sled dog race. One of the ideas behind this was the fact that our trail crew and volunteers work so hard, we wanted to maximize the use of our fast, well-marked, and exciting trail. With all the markers up, good grooming and safety, plus a ton of beautiful views, it seemed to be a no-brainer.

There WILL be a decent purse guaranteed at $1,500. Entry fees will be pretty standard for races of this kind. It will be a one-day race on Saturday, January 31st, as opposed to the two-day mushing event. We will have an open event concerning age groups, but there will be a male and female designations. Distance will be in the neighborhood of 20-22 miles, following our six-dog course…which covers the community footpath, snowmobile trails, and the gorgeous countryside and woods of George Young’s golf course. Top racers will have a place at our stellar banquet, also at George Young’s.

As of right now, we are working to get the word out to Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. We are expecting 50-100 riders on a good weekend in the winter race schedule, so tell your friends! Any questions can be sent to us via email at: theironline@gmail.com or find the IronLine Sled Dog Race on Facebook.

More details and registration will be posted here on the website and on Facebook.

Thank you,
Josh Brindle, IronLine Race Director

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2015 IronLine On Its Way!

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All of us at the IronLine wanted everyone to know that we have started meeting to plan our race for 2015! Our race date is set for the same weekend as last year, January 30-31. This date seems to work the best for our community and situating us in between the other upper Midwest races.

We are pleased to announce that we have many of our volunteers and support staff returning from last year. That means a great trail crew, a seasoned race marshall, awesome dog-handling, and dedicated vets to name a few. We will be sticking to our established trail for the 10-Dog race, and hopefully adding some more scenery for the 6-Dog. Distances will be very similar to last year. We will keep our 4-Dog Rec. class and will be adding ski-jor and a FATBIKE race that we are very, very excited about! (Many details to come)

The IronLine is dedicated to bringing a superb trail, fun environment, great community and spectators, while also remaining competitive and exciting for our seasoned mushers. Hopefully, we will indeed have another great IronLine race that is “fun for the whole family!”

More details will be coming soon. Find us on Facebook and the occasional video on YouTube for updates. And last but not least, get ready for winter!

*WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO TAKE TIME TO THANK OUR COMMUNITY OF IRON COUNTY/IRON RIVER, MICHIGAN FOR ITS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT!

Josh & Grace Brindle, IronLine Race Directors

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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!