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Iditarod Re-Start Fans Encouraged to Ride Shuttle to Willow

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - (March 03, 2010) - The 2010 Iditarod Restart will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, on Willow Lake. In an effort to accommodate as many race fans and at the same time eliminate traffic congestion, the Iditarod Trail Committee is providing a shuttle bus service from a variety of pick up points in from Anchorage north to Willow, and from the Sunshine Station (near Talkeetna) south.

For those choosing to travel to Willow in their personal vehicles, please note that a finite amount of public parking will be available and there will be a $10.00 charge per vehicle for parking. On race day, look for electronic sign boards located on the Parks Highway in Wasilla and at Houston High School for current information on parking availability in Willow.

WHEN THE SIGNS READ "WILLOW PARKING FULL" THOSE IN VEHICLES MUST PLAN TO USE THE FREE PARKING AND FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Buses will be leaving the Millennium Hotel (Anchorage) at three times the morning of the Restart. Spectator tickets are $20.00 roundtrip; volunteers are $10 and should be purchased at volunteer registration. Spectator tickets may also be purchased at the Volunteer Registration Desk at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel for the buses leaving from Anchorage. Spectators may purchase tickets on site for the Wasilla, and Houston shuttles.

8:00 - volunteer bus
9:30 - volunteers and spectators
11:00 - spectators
Buses return from Willow at 4:00 5:00 and 6:00

From Wasilla: Adults $2.00 roundtrip and children under 12 free.

Shuttle buses will be running from Wasilla High School, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, and 1:00 PM

Shuttle buses will be running from Wasilla Sports Complex 11:00, 11:30, and 12:00

Volunteers can catch a bus leaving the Sports Complex at 9:00 am

And Houston High School: Adults $2.00 roundtrip and children under 12 free.

Shuttle Busses be running beginning, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 AND 12:30

There will be two buses leave from the Talkeetna Sunshine Station at 11:00 and 12:00 returning at 4:00 and 6:00

The Iditarod Trail Committee, the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Alaska State Troopers strongly recommend that race fans use the shuttle service due to anticipated heavy traffic on the day of the restart. Look for electronic sign boards located on the Parks Highway in Wasilla and at Houston High School for information on parking availability in Willow.

The Willow Community Center will be open to the public for the convenience of all race fans. Shuttle service back to pick up sites will begin at 3:00 pm and will continue until 6 pm. Drop off or parking for the handicapped will be available at the Willow Community Center. Please leave pets at home, dress warmly and enjoy the day responsibly.

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