Iron Dog? What is an Iron Dog?

By
Real Estate Broker Owner with Alaska Dream Makers

Iron Dog? What is an Iron Dog?

An iron dog, for those unfamiliar with the term is a snowmachine and THE Iron Dog is a grueling test of endurance for man and machine. This race is the 'worlds longest snowmobile race' and it runs over 2000 miles. Crazy weather conditions, rugged and unforgiving terrain and some of the most beautiful territory in the world make up this a survival course on snowmachines.

Larry and I went to the start of the race this with my cousins and, although it was cold, we could not imagine what the racers would go through with the windchill factors. Wind chill from the normal weather conditions and also that of the created variety as they race man and machine in the harsh Alaska wilderness.Iron Dog 2011 Alaska Jacque Ficek & TC Marks

View the 2000 mile race route map HERE but remember-the state of Alaska is the size of Texas times TWO!

There are FAQ about the racers, machines and terrain in case you have questions. Pretty interesting information about everything from why duct tape is on the racers faces, how the trail is made and how cold it gets (OK, I have to spoil that one. It can get to MINUS 57 degrees F).

The race ends in Fairbanks and the first place fin

ishers are expected to be at the finish line after noon on February 26. If you would like to track the racers by GPS, you can go to the Iron Dog website and check in.

Jacque & Larry

 

 

Iron Dog 2011 Alaska

 

 

Iron Dog 2011 Alaska

 

 

 

 

Prior to the race, the line up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginning of the race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Dog 2011 Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

Even the soda cans are heated so they do not FREEZE in the cold. Imagine what the racers go through!

 

 

 

 

Posted by

www.AlaskaDreamMakers.com

"It's Your Dream, That Makes it Ours, Too!"

Alaska Dream Makers

Larry & Jacque Ficek

Broker/Owner, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Realtor®
Broker Associate/Owner, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Realtor®

877-373-1020 toll free      907-373-8000 direct       888-818-6193 fax

*remember that you can choose your own search right from our websites. If you would like a more direct search, you can search on www.AlaskaDreamMakers.com but if you would like a more detailed search with access to property disclosures, plat maps and more, you can go to www.AlaskaDreamMakers.info for this search.

If you are still not sure about moving to the area, or if you simply want to visit our great state,
consider our short term and vacation rentals. Suite Dreams Alaska offers modern, convenient
and fully furnished (down to the silverware and linens) Alaska styled 'cabins.' Visit our website
and call if you have any questions. The cabins are in the heart of Wasilla. Owned and operated by licensed real estate professionals in Alaska (Larry & Jacque Ficek).

 

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the lamp to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
Real Estate General Information
Location:
Alaska
Groups:
Active Rain Newbies
HyperLocal Neighborhood and Community Posts
LATE NIGHT - EARLY MORNING AT ACTIVERAIN
Posts to Localism
Things to Do/Places to Visit
Tags:
iron dog race alaska 2011
snowmachine race
snowmobile race
wasilla realtors
wasilla real estate

Comments 21 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the lock to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainmaker
864,526
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Larry and Jacque, you've really got to love the cold weather to participate in this race. Good luck in the race. Brrrrr

February 22, 2011 09:33 AM
Rainer
149,626
Aaron Seekford
Arlington VA Homes, www.MrArlington.com | 703-836-6116
Arlington Realty, Inc.

Wow, that is so cool Larry and Jacque! I can honestly say that I've never seen soda cans heated before. That is wild!

February 22, 2011 10:26 AM
Rainmaker
194,150
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska
Alaska Dream Makers

Thank you all for taking the time to read about the crazy/fun things we have to do up here. There is more to come!

Leilani, there are more events coming up too that we will share that are a little more for the everyday people (not 2000 miles in the Alaskan wild on a snowmachine).  I am laughing now reading my description again too, it really is what it looks like (stalactites) but I am not willing to put a can in the vehicle to take pictures. Hmmm, maybe I could put one in Larrys truck....it is for the sake of the story. :)

Michael, you have to be able to tolerate it just to watch. The adrenaline of the race keeps them warm too (not for the full week they are out thee). Frostbite and hypothermia are very real issues they have to deal with.

Aaron, when we were were walking down the frozen lake road and saw some of the venders, I saw the heater and the sodas and HAD to take the picture. Who would believe it if they were not from here? The things we do I guess!

Jacque & Larry

February 22, 2011 12:07 PM
Rainmaker
353,481
Lauren Selinsky Perez
REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned
CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP

Bbbbbbrrrrrrrrrr I am cold just reading your blog and looking at you in the snow... Seriously! Sounds like fun though.... I love events like this... We have a snow dog that loves the chilliness and drizzle that the OC has brought lately... (I KNOW... NOT CHILLY FOR YOU....)

(SIR DEMON AT A PLAY DATE AT FRIENDS HOUSE)

February 24, 2011 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
194,150
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska
Alaska Dream Makers

Hey there Lauren, we did have fun although we were frozen and could not feel our toes. Sire Demon in gorgeous! He has that look like 'you want me to do what?' Thank you for sharing the picture of him. :)

Our vicious, ferocious poodle decided she would stay home for this particular field trip. Yours is Sir Demon, ours is Tiny Tana Tumbleweed. Can you tell she has an attitude? She was guarding the leftovers on the counter at my parents home.

Jacque & Larry

Tana, our spoiled rotten little poodle girl child

February 25, 2011 12:55 AM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the man to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainmaker
194,150

Larry & Jacque Ficek

Realtors - Wasilla Alaska
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the lamp to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

Alaska Dream Makers, Real Estate and Local Community Information, Wasilla, Palmer and Mat-Su Real Estate AK