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!
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!
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
Somehow, we forgot to officially post the official race results form our race last year. So, without any further ado, here they are:
10-DOG PRO CLASS
1. Ryan Redington
2. Will Kornmuller
3. Bill Kornmuller
4. JR Anderson
5. Erin Redington
6. Al Borak
7. Jake Golton
8. Kat Manderfield
9. Michael Bestian
10. Jerry Papke
11. Maggie Heilmann
12. Truman Obermyer
13. Monte Simmons
14. Tom Bauer
15. Matt Schmidt
16. Liza Dietzen
17. Phil Ruhl
18. Kelly Engle
19. Mark Flakne
20. Aaron Harwood
6-DOG SPORT CLASS
1. Hannah Abbots
2. Tim Wood
3. Larry Krot
4. Brad Quayle
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013
9:00am—11:00am: Musher Registration @ YooperLand Realty ( 1. East Genessee Street Iron River)
11:00am—1:30pm: Vet Checks–we will fill vet check slots at registration, first come first serve. @ YooperLand Realty parking lot
1:45pm—Musher’s/Staff Luncheon & Musher’s Meeting@ The Station Pub ( 30 North 4th Ave. Iron River)
2:30pm—3:30pmBib Draw/Musher’s Meeting also @ The Station
4:00pm—Mushers Park @ RV Park
6:30pm—Start of Race
*All times are Central Standard Time
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013
9:30am—2nd Stage Starts: RV Park/Musher’s Village
3:00pm—5:30pmMusher Village Mingle, meet & greet
6:00pm—Awards Banquet @ Zippidy Duda’s (202 West Genessee Street Iron River)
IMPORTANT IRONLINE RACE UPDATE & POSTPONEMENT
Due to awful, Springlike weather in the Upper Peninsula and surrounding Northern Midwest states, the IronLine has to defer to our contingency dates of February 8-9th 2013. This does nothing more than move the same, exact race (days, times, locations, schedules, etc.) two weeks down the calendar.
We know that this will cause some mushers to need to change schedules, run a different configuration of dogs, and maybe even drop out of the race entirely. We are offering a 100% refund to those who are already registered and have paid their registration fee. We would love it if you would strongly consider staying with the race this year, as it has been wonderful to talk to and meet so many of you.
We are very pleased to announce that our local supporters and our town of Iron River are still very behind us and want to see this great sport of sled dog racing in our community this year. Most of our support staff, planners, and volunteers are still available and we have even had a couple new mushers interested in our new date.
We seriously hope this will not inconvenience anyone too much and we thank all of you for your patience and encouragement in difficult weather conditions. We all want it to snow so we can race these super dogs! If you have any questions, concerns, or advice…please feel free to call us or email us at anytime. Our contact in on the website.
Thank you for your consideration,
Josh & Grace Brindle, IronLine Race Directors
Just wanted to keep everyone posted. Been getting a lot of questions lately from area folks and mushers alike. I will try to run through this as quick as possible:
Yes, we have enough snow to do the race. And we are expecting more!
Yes, the ice is thick enough to race on and our temps have been nice and cold, so no problem there.
NEW! Please check out the newly posted 2013 IronLine Race Rules.
Also, please check out additions to our list of registered mushers.
MUSHERS! You can register late and pay when you show up to the race, as long as it is before you want to hit the trail. This can be taken care of at registration.
VOLUNTEERS: We are still looking for some dog handlers & a few road crossing folks as well as setup and tear-down people. Please email or call us.
SPONSORS/DONORS: We are just barely covered for this year’s budget. A little bit more and we will be able to put some icing on this cake!
AND: Stay tuned for a Summer IronLine Run & Bike event!