Iditarod Announces Donlin Creek LLC as a Principal Partner Sponsor of the 2011 Last Great Race
Anchorage, AK - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is pleased to announce Donlin Creek LLC as a Principal Partner sponsor of the 2011 Last Great Race, contributing $285,000 to the historic event. Donlin and Iditarod representatives will be present at the upcoming Resource Development Council's conference to officially announce their joint efforts in support of this cherished Alaska tradition. A sponsorship ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Donlin Creek booth in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center at 1:00 p.m.
Partners are vital to the success of “The Last Great Race on Earth”. In recent years, the Iditarod has faced the same economic downturn that has affected many, including some of its partners. “Donlin Creek is proud and honored to now be part of the Iditarod family with this contribution to the historic race”, said Doug Nicholson, General Manager of Donlin Creek LLC.
“We celebrate our shared values and commitment to the legacy of a trail rich in both history and resources”, says Stan Hooley, Executive Director of The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Both mining and mushing have been historically tied throughout Alaska's heritage. In the early 1900s, sled dogs provided transportation for miners to get to the gold fields of the Last Frontier. At one point, the townsite of Iditarod, which is not too far from Donlin Creek's proposed site, grew to become one of Alaska's largest cities boasting some 10,000 gold mining prospectors in 1910. These prospectors would reach the Yukon-Kuskokwim region by sled dog.
On the first Saturday of March every year, teams from all walks of life begin the 1,049 mile trek to Nome on the Iditarod Trail. They will pass through some of Alaska's most scenic panoramas along the Kuskokwim River. The Donlin Creek project is a large, undeveloped gold deposit located 13 miles north of the middle Kuskokwim River village of Crooked Creek, about 280 miles northwest of Anchorage. The deposit is situated on Native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate). Donlin Creek LLC is equally owned by Barrick Gold and NovaGold.