(IRON RIVER, MI)–The 5th annual IronLine Sled Dog Race has been postponed one week, with the first stage of the 2-day race slated to begin on Friday, February 3rd under the lights at 5:30 p.m. at the Klint Safford Memorial RV Park in downtown Iron River.
“We were very hesitant to postpone the race,” said Race Director, Adam Kicker, but the trail dramatically deteriorated because of the rain and warm weather. The snow has become so soft that the dogs will have a nearly impossible time completing the race.
“We know that this kind of delay can be frustrating for mushers and volunteers,” Kicker added, “but we’re all about safety, and the trail is just not safe to be racing on.”
Snowfall is projected in the next ten days and groomers will work hard to prepare the trail for IronLine weekend. Kicker indicated that he is confident that all aspects of the event will still be carried out as planned.
Spectators can enjoy up-close interactions and entertainment at the starting line or watch the action from the comfort and warmth of the George Young Recreational Complex (GYRC) on Friday night & Saturday morning.
Kicker emphasized that The IronLine is a very family-friendly event that is fun for all ages and includes a Mushers Village with food vendors, hot drinks, bonfire, and more. “You don’t have to know anything about sled dog racing to enjoy this event,” he said. “This is a unique sport, and the IronLine is the best way to experience it up-close.”
For more information about the IronLine Dog Sled Race, including registered mushers and volunteer opportunities, visit www.TheIronLine.com.