780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

The Iron Dogs

Iron Dog racers coming into Nome during the race in 2014. Photo: KNOM file.
Iron Dog racers coming into Nome during the race in 2014. Photo: KNOM.

It’s the world’s longest race of snowmachines – Alaskan parlance for snowmobiles – and last month, it passed through our region.

The Iron Dog Snowmachine Race is an annual focal point for our listeners. The 1,000-mile-plus competition traverses some of Alaska’s most isolated terrain, with a course stretching from Anchorage to Nome to Fairbanks. Racers finish the route in less than a week, driving their “sleds” past the finish line typically the second or third weekend in February.

Iron Dog 2012: Ben interviews Tre
In 2012, KNOM news reporter Ben Matheson interviews Nome’s Tre West, moments after the Iron Dog veteran arrived back in his hometown.

The race (pictured from 2012) falls in the midst of Alaska’s annual “race season,” the wintertime period of sled dog and snowmachine competitions that are a part of what makes our state so unique. These races tie into the culture, both traditional and contemporary, of rural Alaska, and they’re a celebration of our region: both because they tend to feature local competitors and because their routes wind through many of the small communities we serve.

Thanks to you, we’re proud to report on the fast-paced Iron Dog every year – as well as the long-distance Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Don’t miss our Iditarod coverage this month, right here on knom.org!

Share this story


Recent Posts

Big Game Guide Charged With Hunting Brown Bear in a Suspended Area

Krist Zwerneman, owner and operator of Council Alaska Safaris, is facing multiple charges for allegedly guiding brown bear hunts in suspended areas. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers’ Bethel office. The hunts occurred in GUA 22-04 and 22-05 near Nome. According to the

Read More »

Alaska Airlines Announces Upgrades Coming to Nome Airport

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a $60 million investment plan aimed at upgrading terminals and other facilities across the state. The initiative is part of the airline’s “Great Land Investment Plan” first launched in 2016. Upgrades to the airline’s 13 owned stations, including the Nome Airport, are included in the next

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.