Donlin Gold Continues Support of Historical Iditarod Race
Sixth consecutive year
ANCHORAGE, AK – For the sixth consecutive year, Donlin Gold is a Principal Partner Sponsor of the Iditarod, honoring the traditions of mining and mushing in the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) region. The Iditarod represents a significant cultural and historical connection as the trail was originally created as a transport route for supplies to gold mining camps.
The proposed Donlin Gold mine project is located in the YK region, an area that boasts a long history of mining and mushing. In addition to the many seasoned mushers, young adults are proudly representing the mushing traditions of the region, and Donlin Gold has supported these Iditarod racers, including Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak and Pete Kaiser of Bethel.
From sponsoring local mushers, to race day events, Donlin Gold has been an active supporter of the Last Great Race. Donlin Gold has also worked with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Ronald McDonald House Charities to offer the opportunity to be an “Iditarider" to a child that has always dreamed of riding in a dog sled. With the support of Donlin Gold, Michael Frey, a five-year-old heart transplant survivor of Anchorage, will have a ride of a lifetime. He will join Iditarod musher, Rob Cooke, for the first three miles of the race during the ceremonial start in Anchorage.
Donlin Gold is pleased to support the Iditarod and keep these long-standing traditions in Alaska alive by sharing this unique sport with spectators and mushers from around the world. Donlin Gold recognizes the importance of the Last Great Race in the YK region and the value it brings to local communities.
As a company committed to safety, Donlin Gold would like to wish all mushers a safe and fun 44th Iditarod race.
The Donlin Gold project is a large, undeveloped gold deposit located 10 miles north of the middle Kuskokwim River village of Crooked Creek and 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 Gold is equally owned by Barrick and NOVAGOLD. For more information about the Donlin Gold project visit www.DonlinGold.com