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Alaska Military Leaders to Participate in ExxonMobil Open Charity Sled Dog Race


ExxonMobil to make $20,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project

On Feb. 11, 2012, six of Alaska’s finest U.S. Armed Forces representatives will convene at Tozier Track to compete in the “Top Brass” Charity Sled Dog Race. The event will be held as part of the ExxonMobil Open, which is one of the seasonal races organized by the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association leading up to the Fur Rendezvous Open.

Participating in this year’s race will be:

  • Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, Commander, Alaska National Guard
  • Rear Admiral Thomas P. Ostebo, Commander, Direct 17, United States Coast Guard
  • Col. Mark S. Lowe, Deputy Commander, United States Army Alaska
  • Capt. Joel D. Jungemann, Commander, United States Navy Reserve, Alaska
  • Maj. Lee A. Johnson, Inspector Instructor, United States Marine Reserve, Alaska
  • Chief Master Sgt. Michael J. Warner, Command Chief, United States Air Force

In addition, mushers from last year’s “Top Dog” Charity Sled Dog Race will be on hand to serve as mentors to this year’s participants.

Each musher will be given a three-dog team to race a three-mile course and determine who has the mettle to be “Top Brass”! In addition, ExxonMobil will make a $20,000 contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which is an initiative dedicated to honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injures on or after September 11, 2001.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Limited class races start at 10:00 a.m.
Top Dog Charity Sled Dog Race starts at 1:00 p.m.
ExxonMobil Open starts at 2 p.m.

Tozier Track
3400 Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99523

The ExxonMobil Open has been an Alaskan tradition since 1973. For the 39th annual race, ExxonMobil and the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association wanted to expand activities and give back to the community by including an invitational charity race featuring some of our municipal leaders. The event is open to the public, and includes a hospitality tent, refreshments, the chance to meet the mushers and an ExxonMobil Open poster to the first 1,000 guests. For more information on the ExxonMobil Open and the Top Brass Charity Sled Dog Race, please visit www.asdra.org.

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