The 2017 race from Anchorage to Fairbanks starts on February 18th, with halfway ceremonies in Nome scheduled on February 22nd.
Maddie gets into the race season groove.
The same team to make it first into Nome, Team 8 — Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad — crossed the finish line to claim the $65,000 first place prize.
Highlights of KNOM’s 2016 Iron Dog coverage: including live reporting, daily updates, and feature stories.
Iron Dog racers spent Wednesday in Nome’s city garage for timed repairs.
Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson were the first Iron Dog racers into Nome on Tuesday, securing the $10,000 prize awarded at the halfway finish line.
The first Iron Dog teams arrived in Nome on Tuesday afternoon, led by the rec class team of Scott Ferreira of Kotzebue and Kent Smith of Marquette, Michigan.
Shawn Pomrenke and Amos Cruise are rookies in this year’s Iron Dog snowmachine race.
The Iron Dog is twice as long, but the number of volunteers and the time racers spend in Nome pale in comparison to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Last weekend, snowmachiners got a taste of trail conditions Iron Dog racers will face on their snowmachines this year.