IRON RIVER—Plans for The IronLine dog sled race are coming together, according to organizers.
“We’re about 98 percent ready to have this race,” coordinator Josh Brindle said Dec. 14. “All we need is snow.”
Last week, plans were finalized for a mushers’ village at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce RV park featuring vendors, warming tents and a chance for spectators to meet the mushers and their dog teams.
“Our goal and vision for The IronLine race is to build a community festival type of event,” Brindle said. “And at the RV park, we’re going to try to create a village feel. This is an issue of community vitality for us.”
Brindle credits organizers of the Copperdog 150 race in Calumet with bringing organizers of the Iron County event’s vision into focus. “They’ve done untold amounts of work and mentoring for us,” he said.
But local civic groups and businesses have also played a major part.
“The city of Iron River and the Downtown Development Authority have really gotten behind the race. Some of the townships have chipped in. And BAR Enterprises have really helped us bring this together,” Brindle added.
The two-day event entails a pro-class race comprised of a 40-mile race on each day. The shorter sport class event will send mushers and their teams on a 20-mile run on each day.
Brindle and his group continues seeking contributions. Individual sponsors contributing $25 or more will receive a dog sled ornament hand-made in Alaska. The ornaments can also be purchased for $12.
To donate to the event or for more information, visit email@example.com.
The IronLine dog sled race is scheduled for Jan. 18-19, 2013, with the start-finish line in downtown Iron River.