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Iron Dog 2014

#1 Post by john » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:45 pm

It's that time of year again.

The Iron Dog starts Feb 16th and is scheduled to end in downtown Fairbanks on Sat Feb 22nd.

We'll need some help staffing the office during the week of Feb 16th through the 22nd. Jody and Steve have staffed it in the past and will be doing so again (Thank You). However, it’s a lot of hours for two people and some additional help would sure be appreciated.

Trail work will begin during the week of Monday Feb, 17th or sooner.

We have six (6) basic trail sections this year:

1. Tanana to Nenana on the Tanana River;
2. Tanana River from Nenana to the Mouth of the Chena;
3. Tanana River from the Mouth of the Chena to the Flood way Dike at the Flood Control Project;
4. Across the Flood Control Project to the Chena River by the dam and North Pole Fuel Point;
5. Chena River from the dam to Nordale Bridge;
6. Nordale Bridge to finish line.

What we would like to do is start setting the trail. The second section should be OK and we'll check it out during the FST's Sweetheart run, Feb 16th. I may bring some stakes along mark the hazards we see.

If we can get the other sections tracked on Monday through Wed of race week, then run it all on Friday or Saturday (finish day) and set stakes.

Ideally, we could use a minimum of 5 crews of at least two each for each section.

What we have so far for trail crews by section (please email ASAP if this has changed)

1. The National Guard is sending out a team to run this section and stake it on race week. Jeff Dyer will also be running this section to help support the guard.

2. Steve Nolan and Paul R. have volunteered to stake the first section. We'll also make sure the track is set on the FST sweetheart run Feb 16th and may stake any hazards we see.

3. Need volunteers for this section. I'd like to start running on Feb 8th to get a track set.

4. Steve and Nicole will be staffing the Fuel Depot during race day and helping with the staking through the Floodway. The fuel depot will be set up on Saturday morning. The racers may be let out an hour or two earlier then in the past, so we may need to be set up and ready by 9:00 AM.

5. Need volunteers for this section. Again, would like to start running on Feb 8th to get a track set.

6. Nordale Bridge to finish. This section is being covered by Jeff Dyer and company.

FYI: Jeff Dyer is a member of the Iron Dog Board and also a local Fairbanksan.


Please let me know if you’re willing and able to help out. This is our sport and your help is very much appreciated.

I'd also suggest you all check out the new Iron Dog web site, its pretty slick and has a section for volunteer registration.

Thanks



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Re: Iron Dog 2014

#2 Post by jasjew » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:51 pm

I can help mark the trail. I would like to go with somebody that knows that area…



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#3 Post by john » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:27 am

Thanks Jason,

I always try and get more than one person on a team, so no problem.

I'll add you to my email list for volunteers and we'll go from there.



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#4 Post by larry morris » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:37 am

Put me in John



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#5 Post by john » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:50 am

Done



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Re: Iron Dog 2014

#6 Post by john » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:12 am

FYI

The Trail Class starts today (Friday) and the Pro's start Sunday.

You can follow them on their GPS trackers at

http://www.irondog.org/gps-tracking/



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Re: Iron Dog 2014

#7 Post by Badgersam » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:49 pm

John, I can help out as well, I will talk to you about it at the sweetheart run tomorrow



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#8 Post by Badgersam » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:28 am

I will see you at 10:00 John



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#9 Post by jasjew » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:37 am

Is there a weather cut off for today John….



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#10 Post by john » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:03 am

Steve and Jason, thanks for showing up. We'll get on it and finish Thursday.

Temp cut off, as a rule no, but it is suppose to be warmer Thursday and Friday.

Had a nice 30 below on the floodway this morning...



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#11 Post by john » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:44 am

Jim Dyer could use some help setting up the finish line.

If your willing call him at 388-5333



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Re: Iron Dog 2014

#12 Post by john » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:52 am

Anyone else see the Daily News Musher (Miner) article about Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad winning the Iron Dog, did you catch where they called them "Mushers".

So all you sledheads are actually Mushers, betcha didn't know that :shockedeye:



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#13 Post by cleary » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:41 am

john wrote:Anyone else see the Daily News Musher (Miner) article about Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad winning the Iron Dog, did you catch where they called them "Mushers".

So all you sledheads are actually Mushers, betcha didn't know that :shockedeye:
Must be "Motor Mushers".



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