Volunteers needed to support Iron Dog snowmachine race at CCC

Iron Dog LogoBy Mary M. Rall
Community Covenant Church

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska – Community Covenant Church will be part of an historic first for the Iron Dog snowmachine race, the Pro Class for which will commence from 4th Avenue in Anchorage for the first time Feb. 21.

Approximately 36 competing teams will travel from Anchorage in two- to three-minute intervals beginning at noon, will pass through Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and will proceed to CCC in Eagle River, which will serve as a staging and loading location for team trailers and support staff.

Team personnel will load their snowmachines onto trailers at the church Feb. 21 from approximately 1-4 p.m. and will rely on CCC volunteers to provide logistics support prior to and throughout the event from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interested volunteers who’re in middle school or older are being sought to be support role leads; act as road guards; provide traffic control for team trailers and snowmachines; help with event setup and breakdown; act as communications runners; and to serve coffee, hot chocolate and soup to Iron Dog participants and area residents who may opt to view a portion of the event at CCC.

According to the Iron Dog website at www.irondog.org, the first Iron Dog began in Big Lake in 1984 and followed the northern route of the Historic Iditarod Trail to Nome. Today’s Iron Dog course spans more than 2,000 miles and includes a Pro Class restart Feb. 22 in Big Lake, a halfway stop in Nome and concludes in Fairbanks, making it the world’s longest snowmachine race. This is the first year the Pro Class will begin in Anchorage, rather than in Big Lake.

For more information or to volunteer Feb. 21 in support of the Iron Dog, contact CCC Communications and Connections Director Mary Rall at mary@communitycovenant.net or 632-0366 no later than Feb. 13.