The first race of the 2000 season was a lot of fun! The trail was a 3 Mile Loop marked by fluorescent cones and flags from Nome’s Snake River Turning Basin to the Country Store and return. Eleven hardy teams were hooked to the front of an assortment of dog trucks parked on the ice. KNOM staff were stationed at the start line, turn around and midway covering the action. Many mushing fans turned out for the kickoff FUN run of the 2000 NKC race season. The trail was slick, polished ice paralelling Nome’s sea wall. It was chilly with a - 26 F air temperature.
An exciting mix of enthusiastic junior and adult drivers raced to the finish line on the icy Bering sea. Junior mushers were 9 year old Melissa Owens, 13 year old Jessica Perkins, and 17 year old Chris Aningayou. In a very close finish right up to the finish line, Chris Aningayou and Jessica Perkins raced to the finish line, where Jessica’s leader crossed the finish line a nose ahead of Chris Aningayou’s lead dog. All entrants were awarded special pendants by Nome’s own Centennial Queen, Donna Morgan following the race. Congratulations to all of the teams and drivers for participating.
Special thanks to: KNOM staff: Les Brown, Victoria Pasquantonio, Paul Korchin and Michael Warren for their excellent news coverage; Chris and Jim Rowe, Kirsten Bey, Jim Dory, Walt Peterson, Bill and Sue Buchanan, May Wendel, Linda Oxley, Howard Farley and Gary Longley for their work on the trail and as dog handlers. We appreciate the use of the Alaska DOT cones and thank Pat Johansen and the NSRA for the loan of their racing bibs.
NKC reminds the mushing community of the next race event on January
15th at 1:00 PM at the Bypass Road starting line. It’s a 12 dog 20 mile
race paying 6 positions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Firm trail, -17 F with winds for a -31 F chill factor.
Congratulations to the following drivers and teams.
Special thanks to Gary Longley for dragging the trails today and Kathy Graham of the Nome Nugget for coming out in the frigid sunshine.
*Please check the Nome Kennel Club Website for Saturday race start updates.
Thank You! Linnea Ann Baker
Soft, punchy trail, warm 30 F with 15 mph winds for a 14 F chill factor. Congratulations to the following drivers and teams.
Our next race is a 6 Dog 12 Mile race on March 4th at 1:00 pm starting on the Bypass Road. Special thanks to Charlie Reader for clearing the snow in the start area and trailbreakers Gary Longley, Jim and Chris Rowe, and Kirsten Bey for helping keep the trail open.
|3rd||Jordan Lolly||17.52||Real Estate Custom Finance Inc.|
|4th||Kevin Burke||19.36||D.A.'s Office|
|5th||Mike Corrigan||19.49||Nome Business Venture|
|8th||Kathy Graham||20.29||Nome Nugget News|
|9th||Lisa Leeper||21.43||Nome Nugget News|
|10th||Bill Borden||21.47||Real Estate Custom Finance Inc.|
|Tie- 11th||Melinda Reynolds||21.55||Nome.net|
|Tie- 11th||Ellen Doupe Moras||21.55||Mountain Village Striver|
|13th||Angie Bogut||22.02||Pilot Station School|
|15th||Terry Reynolds||22.29||National Park Service|
|18th||Kelly Babcock||23.33||Wild Affair Flowers|
|19th||Allison Graves||23.37||Arctic Trading Post|
|20th||John Earthman||24.21||DA's Office, State of AK|
|23rd||Danette Russell||26.00||Leroy's Family Productions|
|25th||Patti Normile||26.17||Normile and Associates|
|26th||Mike Templair||26.19||St. Mary's School|
|28th||Todd Jacobs||26.33||Snerd Inc.|
|30th||Charlotte Gerkin||28.29||Beauty By LizBeth|
|Tie- 33rd||Mark Gibson||32.04||Disney|
|Tie- 33rd||Jim Moras||32.04||LYSD|
|36th||Maurice Bonnar||43.40||Norton Sound Janitorial|
Thanks to all NKC Members who brought teams, sleds and volunteered throughout the race which lasted from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. It was nearly perfect weather for spectators - but hot for the dogs. Several teams went around the course several times so the slower times toward the end reflect this. It's 'luck of the draw' for getting a fresh team!
Thanks to our snowmachine trail support who helped out with timing, bibs, collection of registrations. Congratulations to all the brave mushers who completed the race and are now official Nome Kennel Club members! Come back next year!
Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success!!!!
This year the Nome Council 200 was postponed for the first time in its history due to threats of severe weather, winds and subzero temperatures with wind chills to -70F. Mushers met on Friday at 5:00 pm prior to the race start and opted to reschedule the race to noon Sunday the 26th. Saturday dawned calm and sunny with minimal winds in the Topkok - Solomon - Safety blowhole extending through the rest of the weekend. Trail conditions were hard and fast with no overflow.
Congratulations to the following tough drivers and dogteams.
*Scratch - Joran Freeman
*Withdrew Matt Desalernos
*Withdrew Mike Webber
A big thank you to Patricia Rae of Rae’s Harness Shop for being our official Race Marshal. Thank you to Mike Owens for offering his snowmachine to the race marshal for her use. Connor Thomas, our NKC checker, race official and trail escort with his partner, Brian Timbers receive our thanks for being there and doing a tough job very well.
Thanks to David Holly for staking a great trail for us!
Pat Hahn, Todd Lovell, and Michael Warren provided wonderful ham support and continuous KNOM coverage kept us updated and prepared for the early Monday morning finish. We are very grateful for their time, talent and efforts.
Another big thanks to Nome’s own veterinarian, Derreck Leedy for supporting the teams and going to Council to keep our dogteams healthy.
Beautiful, fast, smooth trail with sunny skies and a light breeze up the Snake River Valley. Congratulations to the following drivers and teams.
This was the last race of the NKC’s 2000 race season. Congratulations
to all of the drivers that competed in races this season and special
thanks to all of the volunteers that helped make this season possible.