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From The Iditarod,
Wasilla, AK


The Iditarod,
2100 S. Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla, AK



Celebrating dog-sledding, the “Race is On” trim was designed exclusively for Copper River Fleece by Cordova, Alaska artist Susan Ogle, in collaboration with Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. For centuries, using sled dogs for transportation & hauling supplies was a traditional way of life for the Alaska Native people of the north. Over hundreds of years, they bred dogs which had the strength & endurance to pull heavy sleds, and the thick coat needed to withstand the Arctic winters. Sled dog racing, which began in the Gold Rush days, became the official state sport of Alaska in 1972. Distance races such as Iditarod & Yukon Quest, and sprint races such as Fur Rendezvous, are some of the many sled dog races keeping this Alaskan tradition going strong!

Artist: Susan Ogle
Cordova resident Susan Ogle is a well-known artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Her portfolio includes the logos for Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Alaska Center for the Environment, Prince William Sound Science Center, Copper River Delta Watershed, and Orca Book and Sound. Susan created the Race Is On trim exclusively for Copper River Fleece.

Libby Riddles
On March 20th 1985, Libby Riddles made history becoming the first woman to win the grueling 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, after a daring move across Norton Sound in a deadly blizzard. Libby currently lives in Homer, AK with her 28 sled dogs where she is still actively involved in raising and training sled dogs. Libby has also authored several award-winning books including "Race Across Alaska", one of the foremost books about the Iditarod.

Garment Details:
*Kodiak Men's Vest style is designed to comfortably allow for layering underneath
*Adjustable hidden drawcord at hem
*YKK® zippers
*2 zippered outside hand pockets
*2 inside pockets (not zippered)

Fabric Details:
*Abrasion-resistant woven polyester outer-face
*Moisture-wicking microfleece interior
*Softshell fabric blocks 98% of wind
*Provides versatile weather-resistant protection
*Exceptional breathability & warmth.
*Laminated membrane creates an H2O-resistant barrier, while still allowing moisture vapor to escape
DWR (water-repellant surface treatment) applied to outer-face sheds rain & snow
*Machine Wash, Hang to Dry

About Copper River Fleece

Copper River Fleece was born and raised in Cordova, a charming coastal Alaskan fishing village surrounded by mountains, rivers, glaciers and all their diverse inhabitants. It's also where we created our very first garment in 1995, and where we look forward to meeting you on your next trip to Alaska!

Inspired by the beauty of our spectacular surroundings, we developed our garment designs through the input and feedback of the local community. Thanks to the hikers, skiers, fisherman, kayakers, and the rest of our supporters who wore our garments and kindly shared their feedback and ideas with us, our products have evolved to reflect the uniqueness and diversity of this vibrant Copper River region

We are proudly 100% Sewn in the USA! Dedication to quality and commitment to customer satisfaction have remained our trademarks from day one. We sew many of our garments using hi-tech softshell and windblocking fleece fabrics, specifically engineered for warmth, comfort, breathability and durability. Technology has pushed the development of "fleece" to the wide spectrum of hi-tech laminated fabrics now available, allowing us to design garments to match a wide range of applications, spanning everything from the extreme weather conditions we face in Alaska to a dressy night out on the town. YKK zippers are used exclusively, so your garment will always be easy to zip on or off for many years to come.

As a home-grown Cordova, Alaska company, Copper River Fleece pays tribute to our origins by incorporating Alaska’s rich wealth of cultures, fascinating history and incredible array of flora and fauna into our signature trim designs. Commissioned by local artists, this artwork is featured in our trims which are available exclusively on Copper River Fleece garments and accessories. Our trims include designs featuring ancestral Tlingit totems, wild salmon (the essence of Cordova’s very spirit!) and bear tracks, as well as many of Alaska’s intriguing species of birds and mammals. Several of our trademark trims feature Tlingit and Haida artwork, which were designed for Copper River Fleece by renowned Alaska Native artist Michael Webber.