Final Race Results

Here are the final race results for the 2017 Ironline.  Thank you to all of the mushers for coming out and enjoying the race!

10 DOG

Stage 1
TIME NUMBER NAME MPH PLACE

3:14:07

4

Joann Fortier 10

12.4

1st

3:15:29

2

Larry Fortier 10

12.3

2nd

3:26:18

6

Jerry Trudell 10

11.6

3rd

3:28:36

5

Chad Grentz 10

11.5

4th

3:29:24

1

Becky Bean 10

11.5

5th

3:36:20

3

Tom Bauer 10

11.1

6th
Stage 2
LEG TIME BIB MUSHER MPH PLACE

3:06:25

4

Joann Fortier 10

12.9

1st

3:12:39

2

Larry Fortier 10

12.5

2nd

3:15:36

6

Jerry Trudell 10

12.3

3rd

3:20:40

5

Chad Grentz 10

12

4th

3:31:20

3

Tom Bauer 10

11.4

5th

3:33:28

1

Becky Bean 10

11.2

6th
Stage 1+2 Overall
TOTAL BIB MUSHER SPEED TEAM
TIME NUMBER NAME MPH PLACE

6:20:32

4

Joann Fortier 10

12.6

1st

6:28:08

2

Larry Fortier 10

12.4

2nd

6:41:54

6

Jerry Trudell 10

11.9

3rd

6:49:16

5

Chad Grentz 10

11.7

4th

7:02:52

1

Becky Bean 10

11.4

5th

7:07:40

3

Tom Bauer 10

11.2

6th

6 DOG

Stage 1
LEG TIME BIB MUSHER MPH PLACE

2:17:18

16

Al-Jo Thiart 6

5.7

1st

2:21:46

12

AJ Yost 6

5.5

2nd

2:32:40

17

Kelly Jo Engle 6

5.1

3rd

2:35:53

11

Jon Perry 6

5

4th

2:41:37

18

Ron Hayden 6

4.8

5th

2:42:00

20

Linda Thompson 6 X

4.8

Scratch

2:45:13

19

Geri Minard 6 X

4.7

Scratch

2:50:11

14

Charles Eshback 6

4.6

6th

2:53:58

10

Susan Serafini 6

4.5

7th

3:51:28

15

Dominic Rekart 6

3.4

8th

3:55:19

13

Richie Camden 6

3.3

9th
Stage 2
LEG TIME BIB MUSHER MPH PLACE

2:09:49

16

Al-Jo Thiart 6

9.2

1st

2:19:02

17

Kelly Jo Engle 6

8.6

2nd

2:21:27

11

Jon Perry 6

8.5

3rd

2:37:14

10

Susan Serafini 6

7.6

4th

2:38:14

12

AJ Yost 6

7.6

5th

2:48:05

18

Ron Hayden 6

7.1

6th

2:55:31

14

Charles Eshback 6

6.8

7th

3:47:37

13

Richie Camden 6

10.5

8th

3:49:32

15

Dominic Rekart 6

11.5

9th

15:06:00

19

Geri Minard 6 X

2.9

Scratch

15:08:00

20

Linda Thompson 6 X

2.9

Scratch
Stage 1+2 Overall
TIME NUMBER NAME PLACE

4:27:07

16

Al-Jo Thiart 6 1st

4:51:42

17

Kelly Jo Engle 6 2nd

4:57:20

11

Jon Perry 6 3rd

5:00:00

12

AJ Yost 6 4th

5:29:42

18

Ron Hayden 6 5th

5:31:12

10

Susan Serafini 6 6th

5:45:42

14

Charles Eshback 6 7th

7:41:00

15

Dominic Rekart 6 8th

7:42:56

13

Richie Camden 6 9th

17:50:00

20

Linda Thompson 6 X Scratch

17:51:13

19

Geri Minard 6 X Scratch

4 DOG

LEG TIME

BIB MUSHER MPH PLACE

0:56:23

25

Liza Dietzen 4

10.6

1st

1:00:34

27

Dylan Grentz 4

9.9

2nd

1:04:32

26

Ed Kraai 4

9.3

3rd

1:04:35

24

Jesse Quayle 4

9.3

4th

1:05:07

21

kate dehlin 4

9.2

5th

1:46:02

22

rose anderson 4

5.7

6th

Friday Night Race Results

Well folks, all the mushers are in and the results are here:

 

LEG TIME BIB MUSHER PLACE
6 DOG
2:17:18 16 Al-Jo Thiart 6 1st
2:21:46 12 AJ Yost 6 2nd
2:32:40 17 Kelly Jo Engle 6 3rd
2:35:53 11 Jon Perry 6 4th
2:41:37 18 Ron Hayden 6 5th
2:42:00 20 Linda Thompson 6 6th
2:45:13 19 Geri Minard 6 7th
2:50:11 14 Charles Eshback 6 8th
2:53:58 10 Susan Serafini 6 9th
3:51:28 15 Dominic Rekart 6 10th
3:55:19 13 Richie Camden 6 11th
10 DOG
3:14:07 4 Joann Fortier 10 1st
3:15:29 2 Larry Fortier 10 2nd
3:26:18 6 Jerry Trudell 10 3rd
3:28:36 5 Chad Grentz 10 4th
3:29:24 1 Becky Bean 10 5th
3:36:20 3 Tom Bauer 10 6th

Race Update

Hello everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that things with the race are going well overall.  We have over half over the mushers that have come through checkpoint 7 and are on their way back.

On a different note:

There has been a dog mortality shortly after the race started.  The event is under evaluation.  No names are being released at this time.  There is no evidence of musher error.  Our lead veterinarian will give us more information as he knows it.

Still time enough to mush.

It’s not often we get second chances. This year we all do. Due to the postponement of the race we are leaving race registration open an extra week. There are still enough open spots in the 10 dog race that you would be guaranteed purse money just for finishing. As usual the 6 dog race has more teams. However, there are still spots open in that race as well. The 4 dog is looking to be pretty competitive this year as well. We will have fun prizes for the top two mushers in that race this year.

Our trail is get is getting it’s second chance as well. Everything is now frozen and firm and we have been get light snow that past few nights. As of right now it’s Saturday afternoon and it’s been snowing pretty good for the past few hours. We all know that last week at this time the trails looked in good shape also. We will get another official trail report Monday or Tuesday from our trail boss Dennis Phillips (FIY he doesn’t like being called trail boss) and Race Marshal Lyle Ross. All I can say for now is all signs point to the trail looking great. That might just be the magic eight ball in me talking though. Regardless we understand it has been a challenge for everybody with the race being postponed. Thanks to every one that has put in work to help keep this race on. Be it mushers, volunteers, businesses, even Amanda and my employers who let us rearrange things again. We look forward to have everyone come and have a safe fun time. Please join us if you can.

Adam Kicker

IronLine 2017 Postponed

Due to a change in the trail conditions that have made them unsafe for mushers and their teams we have postponed this years race. The race is rescheduled for February 3-4. If you have questions about trail conditions please se our last trail update for more details. Any other questions can be sent directly to the race directors at theironline@gmail.com. We are very sorry for any trouble this causes but we can not compromise the safety of our racers and the quality of the event.

Trail Update Monday 1-23-17

Trail Update 1-23-17

Possible postponement of the race until February 3-4 Read on for details. 

 Sorry for the late hour of this update. As directors we endeavor to get you as much information as we can, sometimes at the cost of timeliness. As we all know in the Midwest weather can change a lot in 48 hours, or in our case it can also not change much. As people are found of saying up here “If you don’t like the weather in the U.P. just wait a few hours.” On the same note the same goes for trail conditions. So here’s a timeline. 

 Monday 16th: – Friday 20th: Trails look good weather is warm but we have a solid base and the trail is firm.

 Saturday 21st: Denise gets us another update on the trails because I am a pest and I want info for our TV6 interview. Trails are still good and nice and firm. Cloudy weather looks to be a good thing, keeping sleds at home and saving us from the Suns trail destroying rays. Like a fool I go on TV saying things are looking okay. 

 Sunday 22nd: More of the same weather as Saturday with the slight twist of some added rain. Nature and weather don’t like to hear on TV that you aren’t worried about them. (I hardly feel the knife slide in my back. Well played Mother Nature.) Also TV6 Interview plays (a day late) cutting all but the one part that is now if not out of date at least misleading. Trust me we would have all much rather heard Amanda talk.

 Monday 23: People keep bugging me with their negative attitudes about the trail and weather. You can’t control it so don’t worry about it until you need to. That is my stance on people making plans based of the lotto that is our forecasting system. (Last week or the week before was not the time to worry this week is.) Given that I bug Mr. Trail Man Denise again. He in turn makes some calls and does a mini trail check before his full check Tuesday morning. (Denise is a rock start just for putting up with me.)

 However, my faith is misplaced nature has turned our nice base of solid snow into a cold wet mess. Snow base has turned into a 3″ to 12″ of grainy punchy snow cone like mess, with out the tasty flavor. Denise talks with Dan our super groomer at George Young and Lyle that Race Marshal on high. (that’s only because he lives north of me, and has forgotten more then I will probably ever know about mushing) It is now late afternoon Denise calls me and tells me. We then meet up at a meeting for trail crossing and radio (safety never takes time off) and we talk more. I come home and talk to Lyle who I tried to bother while he was at a youth basketball game earlier. (Told you I am a pest) Lyle gives me some insight on how the different snow conditions will affect you mushers and the trail. I know snow from my time out on CX Skis. How snow quality affect each sport are different though. 

Late Monday Night (very early morning for eastern time zone):
I am writing you to let you know we are very carefully considering postponing the race by one week. Denise will be doing a full trail inspection Tuesday morning. We have enough snow, the weather may go our way. I am sure the trails will be rideable. I am Not sure the trails will be safe or hold up to multiple mushers riding it two days back to back. Unless we get a very very (okay maybe only one very) good trail report back we will post pone the race one week. According to the rules we have until Wednesday to make the final call. However, if possible we would like to make the call earlier. Timing this decision is a tight rope walk. We know this has a huge impact on everyone. Please know that you and your dogs safety huge the top priority. We do not want to do this but we would rather postpone rather than cancel or worse, put anybody at risk. Please please let us know if you have any questions. 

 Looking into next week: Here is a weather report. 

UPDATE- The weather for the upcoming week is forecast to be nice and cold with regular snow flurries almost daily. Single digit and below zero night time temps. 

Basically just what the trails need to heal up snow, cold and time. Also a few passes with the groomer also. 

Trail Update 1-20-17


After a week of very questionable winter weather. The main thing on everyone’s mind is how are the trails. It’s the first question any one I talk to about the race about asks. Well here is your answer strait from our trail boss and head groomer at George Young.
They are GOOD! Despite the best efforts of the warm weather our large solid base of snow is holding its own. As of 2 o’clock Friday the 20th the Denise reports “The trails are looking pretty darn good. much better than I expected.” I would take this chance to say I told you so to all skeptics but I’m not that mean, nor am I gutsy enough to risk the wrath of Mother Nature. We still have this weekend to get through and we will be watching the trails.
However, as all outdoor sports lovers know we don’t have control of this elusive beast called weather. We invite everyone to do what they feel the need to do to bring back winter. Pray, meditate, dance the Heikki Lunta, what ever you find works best. We will have another official trail up date by Tuesday that will evaluate how things faired over the weekend.

Race Purse

Hello everybody!

I know there has been much anticipation with the upcoming race and what the purse will be. We have a guaranteed $7000 purse again this year between the 10 dog & 6 dog races. We have many more 6 dog teams signed up so far this year so their race purse has increased over last year.

The break down will be:

10 Dog

1st Place 1500

2nd Place 1300

3rd Place 1000

4th Place 600

5th Place 500

6th Place 400

7th Place 300

8th Place 200

9th Place 100

 

 

6 Dog

1st Place 475

2nd Place 375

3rd Place 250

Merchandise Available

We wanted to draw attention to the fact that you can now order merchandise from us online!  If you click on the Merchandise tab it will bring you to our new online store where you can see all available merchandise.  We currently have our previous years merchandise available but will have the items for the 2017 race showing up soon.  Keep an eye out to see what will be available.  Feel free to pre-order items as things sell out quickly!  We can hold your order for pick up when you’re here for the race or we can ship things out to you.

Here’s the direct link to the store if you’d like to visit: https://squareup.com/store/TheIronLine


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