UK launch of Wattie’s Great Race -
a Scotsman’s quest to complete the Iditarod
Wattie McDonald, a mad Scot and Rigging Supervisor from Stonehaven is officially launching his challenge to compete in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race 2010 on Monday 10th November at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen at 11am.
The Iditarod is the world’s most gruelling sled dog race held annually in the state of Alaska and Wattie will travel over 1,000 miles across the snow covered wilderness, often at temperatures reaching -50 degrees between the start point at Anchorage and the final arch at Nome on the Bering Sea.
This is a tremendous test of skill and endurance for mushers and their dogs and a particular challenge for Wattie who is no longer in the first flush of youth and will be working with dogs loaned from Dean Osmar, a former Iditarod winner, rather than a dog team he has worked with on a regular basis.
To qualify for the Iditarod which will run in March 2010, Wattie has to compete in two qualifying races in January 2009 and the challenge is now on to race sufficient sponsorship and funding to ensure that he ready and able to take part.
Wattie is desperate to complete ‘The World’s Greatest Race’ as he intends to raise money for charity through a series of sponsorship options and fundraising events during 2009. ClicSargent (Kevin’s Day) and the Scottish Siberian Husky Club will be the main beneficiaries of money raised.
“As a breeder and musher of Siberian huskies I am passionate about the breed and the role of the sled dog and it has always been my dream to compete in the Iditarod. Equally, I have always enjoyed helping other people and generally trying to be a decent member of the community and the opportunity to raise what I hope will be a significant amount of money for two very worthwhile organisations is giving a real purpose to this challenge.”
Wattie’s Great Race is already creating a great deal of interest. Pigeon Media Solutions, a film production company based in Aberdeen, are now on board and ready to start producing a documentary of events and Management consultant, Kay Brandist, Director of Mullen Wilson Ltd has sponsored and designed Wattie’s website and is providing a range of services free of charge to help give this challenge an identity, to raise awareness of the race and to offer advice on fundraising activities.
Other companies including Tunnocks, Nordikota Print Studio, Mark1 signs, The Container Gallery and Prophecy Creative have also offered financial support or donations of goods and equipment.
Great interest has already been shown from the USA with Jim Harrison, President of Northern Outfitters committing his support as one of Wattie’s primary sponsors. Northern Outfitters will be providing all the extreme weather clothing for Wattie and his team during the qualifiers and the race itself. The USA launch of’ Wattie’s Great Race’ will take place in Anchorage in January 2009.
Anyone wishing to support Wattie’s challenge can find out more about him and the race at www.wattiesgreatrace.com. People are invited to sponsor sled dogs, sponsor a checkpoint, sponsor an Iditarod mile and there is even a sponsorship option for children
Sunday 23rd November - 10am - 4pm - Meet Wattie and the team at Dobbies Garden Centre, Hazelhead, Aberdeen.