GCI sponsors 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, provides connectivity along the trail

February 8, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI is returning as the official communications sponsor of the Iron Dog, connecting racers across all 2,031 rugged Alaska miles of the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race.

In the weeks leading up to the ceremonial start, X-Games medalist Cory Davis from Pro Class team 41 will make appearances at GCI stores in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Kenai to meet fans and sign autographs. This year, the race will kick off with the Flying Iron freestyle show, which will bring athletes, including X-Games competitors to downtown Anchorage for an airborne snowmobile competition on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m. The shows are free to the public and offer a unique chance to see extreme snowmobile acrobatics live and up close, complete with jumps, flips, speed and turns.

“GCI is proud to support the Iron Dog again this year and provide communications support for a sport that Alaskans love,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We understand how important it is for the racers, officials and fans to be connected along the trail, and we are happy to continue making that happen with the latest technologies.”

The official ceremonial start of the Iron Dog will be on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 20. Families can gather Saturday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. to see vintage snowmobiles in the Shine & Show. The Iron Pup kids parade is sure to entertain as future Iron Dog competitors show off their skills. The official flag will drop on Fourth Avenue for the first team to start the race at 12:10 p.m.

GCI will provide communication support, services, equipment and monetary support for the Iron Dog. The sponsorship allows for the popular snowmobile race to extend its rural communications, including mobile and Internet services, along the trail.

To learn more about the Iron Dog race and GCI’s sponsorship, visit www.irondog.org.

About GCI

GCI is the largest Alaska-based and -operated, integrated telecommunications provider, offering wireless, voice, data, and video services statewide. Since 1979, GCI has invested over $3 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to Alaska, reflecting GCI’s ongoing commitment to the innovation Alaska needs to support industry, education, health care, job growth and livability for today and the future. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com.


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Stephanie Plieness, Thompson & Co. PR