2014 Iron Dog starts Sunday

FAIRBANKS-Well Sunday is the day. That's when the 2014 Iron Dog starts.

Known as the longest and toughest snowmachine race in the world, 38 two person teams will head out of Big Lake towards Nome and then Nome to Fairbanks. The race is over 2,000 miles long.

The trail class teams rolled out Friday morning but the Pro Class teams will start at 11:05 am this Sunday.

The team to beat will be Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna. They ride Ski-Doos. They've won the last two Iron Dogs.

The duo will be chasing greatness. If they three-peat it will be the first three-peat since Scott Davis and Mark Carr dit in in 1997-1999. Davis and Carr's sons are in this year's race as well.

If VanMeter wins it'll be his fifth victory. That'll put him in the company of Scott Davis, John Faeo and Dan Zipay who have five wins or more in the race.

Let's look at some of the starting positions.

Tyler Huntington, who resides in Fairbanks, is back after missing last year's race due to injury during training. He's teaming up with four time winner Todd Palin. They start in position 23 as Team 11.

The local rookie team of Bryce Benson and Josh Norum, Team 13, will be the second team out.

Tim Jauhola and Kyle Malamute, Team 4, will be in position 11. Defending champs McKenna and VanMeter are team 17 and are in position eight.