Here we go again, winter is right around the corner and our 2016 race crew is already working hard to “stay classy and fun” for another great year. Here at the IronLine, we are excited to let you guys know that we are NOT changing a lot of major things in our actual race. We have gotten great feedback about our trail and course viewing, our banquet, our field of awesome and spirited mushers, our awards, and community support. All of these things we seek to fine tune and deliver again and one way we are working hard this year is kicking things up a notch in our corps. of directors and volunteers.
By honing in on each job, each position, we are making it easier and more exciting to join the IronLine, which insures more happy campers in our group and the ability for core volunteers to move around a bit in the organization. We feel this will add longevity and sustainability to this great race!
So, expect to see our usual race classes of 4,6,& 10-dogs, a well-marked and groomed trail, a decent purse, great staff and volunteers, and a seriously welcoming community embracing dogs and drivers alike! Thank you to all of you who have helped make this thing fun and continue to bring excitement to Iron River in January!
The IronLine, and the Iron County communities involved, are very happy to announce that we will be continuing with the FatBike race for 2016! We are also very pleased to inform you that we have been chosen to be part of the Great Lakes FatBike Series for 2016, joining our brothers at the Polar Roll in Marquette!
With last year being an experimental year, bringing us a few ups and downs, we have listened and learned from our riders and racers and seek to treat this race with the respect it deserves. This is why we are planning AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE ROUTE for our FatBike race, whereas last year, competitors shared the same course with our sled dog classes. We feel this will give us the chance to further cater to the grooming needs of an Upper Peninsula FatBike race. And speaking of grooming, we are also in the process of building our own roller/groomer and will have extra trail support just for this purpose. So, this is just a taste of the things to come from the IronLine for 2016…and stay tuned for Registration opening in October and many details yet to come!