ANCHORAGE, Alaska —
Dress warm, protect your face from the blustery winds with duct tape, and rev that engine, because officials from the Iron Dog snowmachine race have announced a record purse for the event this year.
The race that truly tests your mettle, or at least your snowmachine, with a 2,000-mile trek from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks has $194,500 to dole out.
That's up from $187,900 a year ago, the previous purse record. Looking at the prize breakdown:
1st place $50,000
2nd place $35,000
3rd place $18,000
4th place $12,000
5th place $10,000
This is the second-straight year that the first place prize has been set at $50,000.
Last year the team of Chris Olds and Tyler Huntington took home the big-money prize by finishing 2 and-a-half hours faster than their nearest competition.