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DODGE TO PROVIDE 'WARM BED AND BREAKFAST' FOR DOGS DURING THE 1993 IDITAROD RACE

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dodge/Dodge Truck Division of Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) announced that it is providing shelters along the trail during the 21st running of the Iditarod Race. The shelters, each nicknamed "Dodge Lodge," will provide shelter for the dogs who cannot finish and must exit the race prematurely along the trail.
 The portable shelters will be stationed at 23 of the 25 race checkpoints along the 1,161-mile southern route of the Iditarod Trail. They were designed to provide immediate comfort for the dogs, away from the harsh elements, where they will have access to veterinary services as well as care from the mushers' support crews.
 "After the '92 race, we met with our co-sponsors of the Iditarod, Timberland and Eukanuba Dog Foods from the Iams Company, and the Iditarod Trail Committee to decide as a group what we could do to better the race and the overall Iditarod experience," explained Don Glenn, Dodge merchandising manager. "Together we identified that there was a real need out on the trail to ensure that these Iditarod athletes were well cared for."
 Each shelter stands 7 feet tall, 12 feet wide and 20 feet long, and will be equipped with straw, lighting and veterinarian medical equipment. The shelters were constructed by Alaska Industrial Resources of Anchorage.
 "Providing animal care shelters at checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail is one of the most significant advances in dog care in the history of the race," said Burt Bomhoff, executive director, Iditarod Trail Committee. "While these racing huskies are bred to deal with Alaska's harsh winter weather, the Dodge shelters provide a cozy bed of straw out of the wind for dogs needing veterinary attention or a little extra TLC."
 Bomhoff added that the shelters also will provide a more conducive environment for the veterinarians to conduct examinations and provide care.
 "Dodge is pleased to be a part of this great racing tradition," said Glenn. "But, even more importantly, we're proud to provide these shelters as a permanent enhancement of the Iditarod event and one which we hope will make this an even more comfortable and enjoyable experience for the true heroes of this race: the dogs."
 This is the third year Dodge Truck has sponsored the Iditarod Race. As a part of its sponsorship, Dodge Truck will award the first musher who crosses the finish line in Nome with a 1993 Dodge Ram 250 4 X 4 Club Cab Super LE Pickup Truck with a Cummins Intercooled Turbo Diesel engine.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Fosgard of Chrysler, 313-252-5781; or Chuck Talsky of Dodge Iditarod, 907-694-2977/
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