GCI Sponsors 2,000-mile Iron Dog Race

February 18, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – For the fifth year, GCI is a proud sponsor of the Iron Dog snowmobile race. GCI is the 2015 official communications sponsor of the Iron Dog race. This year, an X Games style snowmobile freestyle show has been added and the ceremonial start has moved to downtown Anchorage.

The first-ever Flying Iron Freestyle Show will bring X Game athletes to downtown Anchorage. X Games champions and Alaska athletes will take their snowmobiles airborne doing jumps, flips and turns during two shows on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The shows are free to the public and offer a unique chance to see extreme snowmobile acrobatics and speed live. Celebrity athletes Sam Rogers, Cory Davis and Ryan Simons will also be at the GCI Dimond Center store this Wednesday, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs.

Also new this year, the official ceremonial start of the Iron Dog will be on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 21. Families can gather downtown Saturday morning and see vintage snowmobiles in the Shine & Show. The Iron Pup kids parade will be sure to entertain as future Iron Dog competitors show their skills. The official flag will drop on Fourth Avenue for the first team to start the race at noon.

“GCI is proud to continue be a part of the Iron Dog race 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 the fans to be connected along the trail and we are happy to help make that happen.”

GCI will provide communication support, services, equipment and a monetary sponsorship 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 top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

Lexie Mizeras, lmizeras@gci.com, (907) 868-6880