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: firstname.lastname@example.org or find the IronLine Sled Dog Race on Facebook.
More details and registration will be posted here on the website and on Facebook.
Josh Brindle, IronLine Race Director
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
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!
2014 IronLine 4-Dog Race (12 miles)
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.
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:
Thanks again to all our sponsors and this great city and county for all you have done to support IronLine 2014!
|2014 Musher Schedule
IronLine 80 & 40
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.
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
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)
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.