Iron Dog

Imagine racing across Alaska, from Southcentral to Nome, and then Nome to Fairbanks, more than 2,000 miles, and doing it in as little as 36 hours. It sounds impossible. You have to ride very fast for a very long time, you have to be incredibly tough, and you have to keep a machine running way beyond anything it was ever designed to do. This is the Iron Dog, billed as “the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race.”

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Photo by Mark Turner, StatusPro Photography, shared by Iron Dog race organizers.

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ve got racers in the studio who have done it, and won. And we’re going to talk about how you put on a race of this scale, which starts Feb. 21, and for the first time this year, will take off with a ceremonial starting line in Anchorage.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS: 

  • Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog race organizer
  • Aaron Bartel, racing partner of seven-time Iron Dog winner Scott Davis
  • Chris Olds, Chugiak local, two-time Iron Dog winner
BROADCAST: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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