By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON RIVER - Thanks to a few snowstorms and some freezing temperatures, the inaugural IronLine Sled Dog Race in Iron River is all set to go this weekend.
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IronLine race director Grace Brindle does a test run of the race trail with her dogs Koyuk and Takotna. The inaugural IronLine sled dog race will take place Friday and Saturday in Iron River.
The event had to be postponed from its originally scheduled dates of Jan. 18 and 19, due to a lack of snow.
Race director Josh Brindle said earlier this week that weather is not a problem anymore.
"Our trail has been officially ok'd by the race marshal and trail boss," he said. "It's a go, we're definitely having the race."
According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures are predicted to be at or below the freezing point through Saturday. There is also a chance for snow on Thursday.
IronLine festivities kick off Friday evening at the RV park on Genesee Street in downtown Iron River.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m., and the race starts at 6:30 p.m.
Mushers will travel down the Apple Blossom Trail and connect to Iron County Recreational Trail 16, which passes near the George Young Recreation Complex and Chicagon Lake.
The six-dog sport class mushers will complete a 20-mile loop and the 10-dog professional class mushers will complete a 40-mile loop.
On Saturday, mushers will travel the same loops beginning at 9:30 a.m.
About 20 mushers have registered for the race.
"We have a town full of snow and excited people," said Brindle. "We're ready to go."
For more information, check out the IronLine's website at www.theironline.com.
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