2009 Tesoro Iron Dog Underway

Published on Sunday, February 8, 2009 11:11 PM AKST

The 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog got underway Sunday on Big Lake. To the cheers of a couple hundred spectators 38 out of the 39 registered teams screamed off the starting line after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waved the green starting flag. Team 30 of Andy Lachinski and Mark Brown scratched due to an injury. According to the Iron Dog web site the team of Bradly Helwig and Eric Quam were the first into the Ophir checkpoint and back on the trail to Nikolai followed closely by the team of Andy George and Dwayne Drake. For complete up to the minute race standing visit www.irondog.org. For photos from today’s start visit the Frontiersman photo gallery. Watch for a complete story and interviews in Tuesday’s print edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.


Tesoro Iron Dog competitor Tyler Aklestad heads off Big Lake and Into the wood at the start of the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog Sunday.



Iron Dog racer Mike Morgan hits a bump as he speeds across Big Lake during the start of the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog. ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman