The Ultimate Sports Fantasy Destination … the Iditarod?

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Icehouse Six-Pack Challenge catered directly to sports buffs — offering the grand prize winner and three buddies a fantasy trip to the major sporting event of their choice — all expenses paid. Does the winner pick the trek to the big island of Hawaii to see the best of the best pro footballers duke it out? Or does the winner choose to head to Atlanta for college basketball’s biggest game?

The answer? Neither. David Alan Hays, of Johnson City, Tenn. has decided his ultimate sports fantasy trip is to visit Alaska to witness one of the most extreme sporting events ever — the Iditarod. Known as the “Last Great Race on Earth,” the expedition begins in Anchorage, in south central Alaska, and ends in Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. Each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover more than 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days.

“I’m extremely grateful to Icehouse for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime sports fantasy trip,” Hays said. “Alaska is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and I can’t believe my preference for Icehouse and my usually useless sports knowledge won me this amazing grand prize.”

Hays was the highest scorer in the Icehouse 6-Pack Challenge (, which began Oct. 1, 2006 and ended on Dec. 29, 2006. Each week, Icehouse and partner Athlon Sports selected 12 of that weekend’s best match-ups from at least four different sports (college or pro football, baseball playoffs, professional hockey, college or pro basketball, or racing events). Participants then predicted six winners out of the 12 games, earning points for each correct prediction.

“I can honestly say we didn’t think anyone would select the Iditarod as their ultimate sports fantasy trip, but David is so pumped up about this trip that the whole Icehouse team has become huge dogsled racing fans,” said Icehouse brand manager Kevin Rutherford. “I think it’s safe to say David will enjoy the experience of a lifetime — and probably even get a chance to see a real icehouse or two while he’s in Alaska!”

Hays departs for Alaska on Friday, March 2. He and his guests will be on hand to witness the beginning of the Iditarod on March 3 and will partake in numerous other sightseeing activities.

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