2019 Iron Dog Race in jeopardy; hangs in balance of Tuesday board vote

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 9:08 PM AKDT
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The Iron Dog board announced Thursday the possibility of not having a race in 2019 on top of the resignation of Jim Wilke and Skip Boomershine from the Iron Dog Board of Directors.

In a Facebook post titled 'The Future of the Iron Dog,' Lee Butterfield announced the pending decision.

“On Tuesday August 21, the remaining board members will vote on whether a 2019 Iron Dog Snow-mobile Race will take place,” Butterfield wrote.

He went on to say that the race is looking for feedback from fans, racers, volunteers, and sponsors and attached a survey for people to fill out.

The announcement comes after the 2018 race did not have a ceremonial start due to tough economic times. Butterfield says it’s been difficult for the race to come back from losing its title sponsor two years ago, and he says the organization is running on empty.

“The coffers are dry to the point where we can neither pursue new leadership through pay, nor maintain basic staffing levels,” Butterfield wrote.

In addition to tough times, the race has had trouble filling the role of former executive director Kevin Kastner, who left the organization in July, 2017. His replacement, Susan Duck, was with the race for a short period of time before leaving shortly before the 2018 race began.

Open comment will be held before the August 21st meeting from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

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Posted by Iron Dog on Thursday, August 16, 2018