March 4, 2015
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The 70th anniversary of the GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race will be held March 20-22, 2015, in Fairbanks. Now in its 12thyear as a sponsor, GCI supports the race with telecommunication and logistical support, employee volunteers, a monetary donation to the race purse and a new complimentary shuttle service.
"GCI is proud to continue our support of the Open North American Championship, an important event in Fairbanks and for the entire Alaska mushing community," said Tom Zulz, director of the Interior region for GCI. "We've been with the race for more than a decade now, and we are thrilled to make this year another successful one for mushers and spectators alike."
The platinum anniversary of one of the world's premier sprint mushing events will start and finish at the Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop Road. The three-day race attracts the best sprint mushers from around the world.
"We are very excited to have GCI be the title sponsor for the Open North American this year," said Paula Ciniero, president of the Alaska Dog Mushers Association. "Without their continuous support, not only monetarily, but in coverage, manpower and all that they do for us we would not be able to put on a high caliber race such as the Open North American Championship."
Race festivities begin Wednesday, March 18, with a Musher's Parade starting at the Fairbanks Curling Club at 5:30 p.m. The parade ends the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park with a musher meet and greet at 6 p.m., followed by the race draw at 7 p.m.
Racing begins each day at 1 p.m., at the Mushers Hall, and will feature a heated tent full of local artists and vendors, including GCI offering hot beverages and charging stations for mobile devices. The event will wrap up with the banquet and awards ceremony at the Westmark Hotel at 6 p.m., on March 22.
Throughout the festivities, GCI will be offering a free shuttle service for race enthusiasts between Downtown Fairbanks and the race. The shuttle will run a loop between the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel (813 Noble St.), to TRAX Outdoor Center (314 Birch Hill Rd.), and then over to the Mushers Hall (925 Farmers Loop Rd.). It will be offered from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on all three days of the event.
For more information about GCI, visit www.gci.com/about or call 1-800-800-4800. For additional information about the GCI Open North American Championship, please visit http://sleddog.org/open-north-american-championships.
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.
Tom Zulz, GCI
Vice President, Interior Region Operations