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Nome Significantly Increases Iditarod Support

Wasilla, Alaska - January 12, 2010 -The Iditarod Trail Committee got more good financial news today as it learned that the City of Nome increased its cash contribution for the 2010 race to $50,000. The City contributes significant in-kind services in support of the race as well.

"The Iditarod is an important celebration of Alaskan life. But it's also an important economic engine for the City of Nome and generates millions of dollars in economic activity for many communities and businesses in the State of Alaska" said Denise Michels, Mayor of the City of Nome. "Our hope is that others who benefit will look for ways to either get involved for the first time, or increase their support, to help the Iditarod rebound from what has been a challenging twelve months," Mayor Michels added.

"This comes as incredibly welcome news, particularly given our financial challenges over the past year or more," said Stan Hooley, Executive Director of the Iditarod Trail Committee.

"There are many things that we appreciate about the City of Nome, but in the end, what makes the community is its people. It's a special place, full of special people, with a "can do" attitude," Hooley added.

Seventy-one mushers will begin the annual race to Nome when Iditarod 38 gets underway in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10 a.m.

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