Image courtesy of Denise Kamm @2015
National-level Curling meets National-level Dog Mushing!
How fortunate! The Iditarod, which usually starts in Willow, AK, has been moved to Fairbanks! This will happen while Club Nationals are here!. The iconic dog mushing race will start on Monday, March 6 at 10:00 am local time.
How it works. The first team will take off from the yet-unreleased start point at 10:00 am sharp. The next teams will start at two minute intervals until all 75 teams have started. This means the start will take two and a half hours.
The 2017 plan is not yet released. The Iditarod started in Fairbanks in 2015, so the information here is how it worked in 2015, but details of the final 2017 have not been released. The details listed here are not confirmed for this year, and are subject to change as the City of Fairbanks formulates a plan for this change that was only announced on 2/10/2017.
Shuttle busses. In 2015, there was no parking near the Iditarod Start line. Instead, free shuttle busses moved people between a parking lot and the start line. That parking lot was at our arena, the Carlson Center, which is directly next door to the Fairbanks Curling Club.
If you play in the 8:00 am draw. After your game, you will walk over to the Carlson Center, hop on a shuttle bus, and it'll take you down to the Start line, where mushers will still be starting. You will get to watch the last half of the mushers leave.
If you play in the 12:00 pm draw. We recommend you come to the Curling Club around 9:00 or 9:30 am, walk over to the Carlson Center and get on the first busses heading to the Start. If it starts where it did in 2015, it will be about a 10 minute ride. You will get to watch the first batch of mushers leave.
So as the draw stands it looks like you'll all get to see the Iditarod 2017!
PRE-ORDER YOUR 2017 CLUB NATIONALS MERCHANDISE:
Pre-orders for all 2017 Club Nationals merchandise is available until Wednesday, February 15 @ 10:00 am (AK time). These prices are discounted for pre-order. A very limited quantity Clubs merchandise will be ordered outside of these orders and available onsite for full price. If you'd like merchandise, CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
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November 3, 2016
From the Klondike Gold Rush to Club Nationals
Fairbanks is excited to host Club Nationals in 2017! We have been preparing for this event for 111 years! That’s right, curlers. Let’s take a walk down the historical journey of the Fairbanks Curling Club which is proud to be the oldest organized sports group in Alaska.
It was the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 that brought Scottish prospectors, and the game of curling, to Dawson City in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Then, in 1902, a new gold strike near what we now call Fairbanks attracted the prospectors to the interior of Alaska. By 1905, they established the Fairbanks Curling Club. Games were played on the open ice of the Chena River and on docks near the river. In 1908, curlers built a 2-sheet rink that was all curling and no clubhouse. That building eventually became a church and still exists in downtown Fairbanks today.
In 1962, our existing 6-sheet club was built. It is the northern-most dedicated Curling Club in the United States, and we’d like to invite you to playdown for the opportunity to join us for Club Nationals. Playdown registration is regional and opens beginning November 16 and closes on January 4. We’ll see you in Fairbanks!
Is this Alaska or is this Heaven?
August 19, 2016
The Fairbanks Curling Club is thrilled to invite curlers to Alaska for 2017 Club Nationals! Twenty lucky teams will make their way up to Fairbanks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will include world-class curling!
What is it like in Fairbanks in March? For starters, yes, it will still be cold. It will likely be in the 20s for highs and around 0 for the lows. Of course, that’s if it’s a warm year! Daylight will be what most people are used to in the Lower 48, with sunrise in the 7 am hour and sunset in the 6 pm hour. While in Fairbanks, what is there to do? The folks in Fairbanks are planning some side excursions for you to soak in the healing waters of the Chena Hot Springs, view the Aurora Borealis, and to go dog mushing! All this and curling? Fairbanks is practically heaven.
Club Nationals 2017 is March 4-11, with practice, team meetings and Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, March 4. Games will start at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 5. Come on up a day early, and participate in these Fairbanks excursions before curling in the USA’s northernmost Curling Club. Hurry hard to earn your spot!
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The Fairbanks Curling Club is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the host city for 2017 Club Nationals! We will be welcoming the 20 best amateur curling teams in the U.S. to Fairbanks, AK, March 4-11, 2017.
The week long tournament features 10 men's & 10 women's teams. Club Nationals was created in 2005 as an avenue for regional-based teams to compete at a high level in the U.S.
The 2016 Club National Championships were held at the Capital Curling Club in Bismarck, ND, and the reigning champions are the Sydney Schmus (Wisconsin) rink for women, and the Martin Sather (New York, but formerly of Fairbanks!) rink for men.
Deadlines for 2017 Club Nationals:
- Playdown registration opens on Nov. 30.
- An early registration discount will be in place until Dec. 14
- Playdown Registration closes on Dec. 28, 2016.
- The Club Nationals draw schedule will be posted by Feb. 3 to assist competitors in booking flights.
- Regional playdown dates will be added as we receive information.
- Championship dates are March 4-11. Practice, team meetings and Opening Ceremonies to take place on Saturday, March 4. Games to begin at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 5.
- Alaska playdowns: January 14-15, 2017, Fairbanks Curling Club
Travel information (more information to come!)
- Alaska Airlines offers a credit card with an annual companion fare discount code. This discount code entitles the cardholder to purchase one round-trip coach companion fare on Alaska Airlines from $121 (USD) when traveling with another passenger on a paid published coach airfare on the same itinerary, booked at the same time.
- Fairbanks is amazing place to visit, especially in the winter. The World Ice Art Championships will be occurring in Fairbanks at the same time as Club Nationals; hot springs, dog mushing, museums and the northern lights are just some of things you can experience in Fairbanks. For more information check out Explore Fairbanks.
- What to do in Fairbanks?