Off to the races for Iron Dog 36

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The 36th edition of Iron Dog - known as "the world's longest, toughest snowmobile race" - begins Sunday at Deshka Landing.

View of a chute at a recent edition of the Iron Dog race.

Events will kick off with the 2019 Iron Dog Pro Class Race beginning at 11 a.m. The setup comes after the near cancelation of the 2,000 mile race in the fall of 2018, when the start was moved to Deshka Landing due to late, light snow, and the magnitude-7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30th.

The Pro Class race features 24 teams, comprising 15 rookies and 33 veterans. Defending champions Mike Morgan and Chris Olds, of Team 10, will be a part of the returning veteran group.

Morgan and Olds both have six top-five Iron Dog finishes, but they’ll have plenty of competition from veteran riders Tyler Aklestad, Tyson Johnson, Todd Minnick, and Nick Olstad.

A complete list of the 2019 Iron Dog Pro Class roster can found on the race’s official website.