Mushers from across the U.P. were in Iron River for the 2nd Annual Ironline Sled Dog Race.
Racers participated in stage two of the Ironline Sled Dog Race on Saturday. The first leg of the race for the six and ten dog teams happened Friday nigh
Participating mushers agreed trail conditions are in good shape.
"The temps were cold last night. It was below zero last night out on the course, so the trail conditions were actually really good. There's good bottom on the trail. We look for nice, hard, firm trails to run our dogs on. We try to keep them running at a constant twelve, thirteen miles per hour pace," said Chad Grentz, Frost Creek Kennel.
New this year is the 4-Dog recreational race. Teams ran a 12-mile course. The full course is a 40-mile loop using snowmobile trails highlighting the area.
"It's a nice, wide well-groomed trail. It's nice for beginners, for people who maybe don't have a lot of miles on their dogs who just want to get started. Just a fun race to get you going and enthusiastic about the sport," said Lisa Dietzen, Team Evergreen Kennel.
Officials say the support for the race has significantly increased from last year. They have more mushers, sponsors, volunteers, and spectators.
"We want to have a fun little village set up. It's kind of part rendezvous, part ice castle festival, part mushing sled dog thing. We want to add maybe a bike race; another style of sporting event with this. We've talked about a lot of different things," said Josh Brindle, Race Director.
This year they were able to double their purse prize to $7,000.
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