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Above and Beyond

Iron Dog Student Program Takes Off with Ravn Alaska 


Anchorage, Alaska (AK). Ravn Alaska, the Official Airline of the Iron Dog has been a long-time partner and supporter of our flying needs from Start to Finish. In 2015, they went above and beyond to facilitate an amazing trip for our Iron Dog Urban-Rural Student program. The 2015 Iron Dog Urban-Rural Exchange students embarked on a once in a lifetime cultural and educational experience from Anchorage to Barrow to Fairbanks.

“The Iron Dog student exchange is a key program we developed to give back to communities across Alaska” said Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog Executive Director. “Our goal since its inception has been to engage Iron Dog communities while giving high school students an exciting event as a backdrop for a very unique exchange program that connects Alaska's urban and rural communities in a meaningful way. This collaboration is similar to what we do every year with our sponsors, racers, volunteers and communities all along the Iron Dog trail. The positive impact in real student's lives has been meaningful, lasting and measurable.”

Since 2011, Ravn Alaska has been a key partner in making our student program a success. In 2015, the sent students flew Barrow, Anchorage and Fairbanks. While not on our race trail, the Barrow trip offered a very unique opportunity for students to experience one of the most extreme locations in Alaska. We also had a Pro Class team from Barrow recently, so there was a community connection that also played a part in choosing this location for 2015.

The Urban-Rural exchange is a key part of Iron Dog’s commitment to giving back to the community, engaging young people in event and opportunities that inspire and driving cultural, economic and geographic awareness to students across Alaska. Other contributing sponsors have included GCI, Alaska Airlines and Doyon Limited.

Our thanks to Ravn Alaska and the many students, teachers and volunteers who make this possible each year. We look forward to announcing our 2016 partners later this year.


See video produced by the South Anchorage High School media  team. http://www.irondog.org/ravn-supports-education/

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About Iron Dog, Inc.
Iron Dog, Inc. is a proud leader in the snowmobile community promoting snowmobile safety and outdoor education through trade shows, seminars and community events. Iron Dog also conducts student exchange programs and has donated $84,000 to Alaska charities since 2011.

The Iron Dog race, presented by the Alaska National Guard, is a World Class Snowmobile Event that crosses the State of Alaska each February impacting over twenty-five Alaskan communities. Today’s Iron Dog course is over 2,000 miles, from Anchorage to Nome and finishing in Fairbanks, making it the World’s longest snowmobile race. Participants must traverse areas of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some of the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential, making it the World’s toughest snowmobile race.

Iron Dog 2016 is planned to commence Saturday, February 20, 2016. Visit www.irondog.org for the latest news and schedule of events.  
 
For info:                    Kevin Kastner, Executive Director, Iron Dog, Inc.
                                 Tel. 907-563-4414  E-mail: kkastner@irondog.org
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