Iron Dog Adds a New $5,000 First Day Prize
The Iron Dog maintains its increased top prize payout from 2016 and adds a new $5,000 prize for the fastest team to the first checkpoint.
Anchorage, Alaska (AK). Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors, committed volunteers and entire snowmobile community, Iron Dog has the strength and stability to give back to the athletes who compete in this amazing race. For 2017, there are new sponsors such as Alaska Directional who made the $5,000 “Race to Skwentna” challenge possible.
“Despite the economic challenges and changes everyone is facing in Alaska, the Iron Dog has been working hard for the last seven years to grow and stabilize its foundation.” said Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog Executive Director. “We did see some reductions and changes in our sponsor support for 2017, but the positive sentiment and overall commitment from our racers, fans, business partners and the community remains healthy. This $5,000 contingency prize is just one example of a new sponsor who was looking for a way to build excitement and give back to the competitors.”
The 2017 purse remains over $250,000, with $145,000 in top cash payouts and more than $112,000 in contingency prizes.
- 1st place: $65,000
- 2nd place: $35,000
- 3rd place: $20,000
- 4th place: $15,000
- 5th place: $10,000
Jim Wilke, President, added, “For 34 years, the Iron Dog has grown and flourished to become one of Alaska’s premiere winter events. Thanks in part to other organizations like the Iditarod Trail Committee, Big Lake Trails and hundreds of other volunteers at every village and checkpoint, the Iron Dog is proud to be the only event of its kind in the world, the crown jewel of snowmobiling. The Iron Dog depends on help from sponsors, racers, fans and volunteers and without all of them, this race would not be possible.”
Following the new $5,000 prize for the fastest team to Skwentna, the next major prize to be awarded is the “Gold Rush Prize”, a $10,000 cash prize provided by Donlin Gold. The prize will be presented to the fastest Pro Class team to make it to Nome during a halfway ceremony on February 22, 2017 in Nome, AK.
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