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City of Nome makes financial contribution to this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

January 14, 2010 |  5:10 pm

A musher drives his team on to Nome, with the sun hugging the horizon, during a previous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race received another financial boost this week, thanks to a $50,000 donation by the city of Nome, where the finish line of the iconic event has been since the first race was held in 1973.

“This comes as incredibly welcome news, particularly given our financial challenges over the past year or more,” Stan Hooley, executive director of the Iditarod Trail Committee, said in a press release.

“There are many things that we appreciate about the City of Nome, but in the end, what makes the community is its people. It’s a special place, full of special people, with a 'can do' attitude,” added Hooley.

The donation comes on the heels of one made last week by four-time race champion Jeff King, who contributed $50,000 to this year's race purse.

"The Iditarod is an important celebration of Alaskan life," said Nome Mayor Denise Michels. “Our hope is that others who benefit will look for ways to either get involved for the first time, or increase their support, to help the Iditarod rebound from what has been a challenging twelve months.”

The race is scheduled to being March 6 in Anchorage and will cover 1,112 miles using the Northern Route, as is done in even-numbered years.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A musher drives his team on to Nome, with the sun hugging the horizon, during a previous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Credit: Al Grillo / Associated Press

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