Year 2002 Race Results!
March 9th Race | Businessman's Race | Nome Council 200 | Cape Horn, April 14 | Spring Picture Race 6 Dog 6 Mile
Trail Conditions: (for the visitor) Click on [pic] for photo.For those of you who haven't been on our club trails, let me explain a bit. We are a coastal village, which translates as windswept [pic]. There are no trees here and therefore we get a lot of snow drifting and sastrugi [pic]. This makes for slow trails, or icy where the snow has blown away. Of course, there may be some of you, used to groomed trails through the forest, who would hesitate to use the word 'trails' to describe our race courses. The race times may reflect these conditions.
The Cape Horn trail wasn't staked yet so we ran a 34 mile trail that started at the bypass road by AC, crossed the Teller Road and went up the Snake River Valley 15 miles. There was a slight north wind during the race. The race started at 10 a.m. under sunny skies. Thanks to Jim for putting in the trail, Mike Webber, Kim and Bob Lewis for helping out with the race at the start, road crossings, turn around and finish!
Greg Parvin 1st 2 hours 29 minutes
Tina Metzger, First Place
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the Nome Kennel
Club Businessman’s Race 2002!
This year the race went through Topkok, White Mountain, Council, came back to Topkok, and on into Nome. The checkpoint at Whitew Mountain was new this year. A mandatory 6-hour layover was also added to this year's race. The layover could be taken at any of the checkpoints in any time increments.
A total of 3 mushers participated, placement is as follows:
1. Bill Cotter, of Nenana: finished at 7:30pm, Saturday - total time: 25 hours 30 minutes, with 10 dogs.
2. Nils Hahn, of Nome: finished at 10:04pm, Saturday - total time: 28 hours 4 minutes, with 9 dogs.
3. Greg Parvin, of Nome: finished at 11:22pm, Saturday - total time: 29 hours 22 minutes, with 11 dogs.
Weather for the trip was perfect for the race volunteers, good for the mushers, and perhaps a little warmer than ideal for the dogs.
Special thanks to trail breaker Dave Holly, White Mountain coordinator Dan Harrelson, Topkok checkers Tom & TW Brannon and Pat & Anna Hahn, White Mountain checker Kim Waldrep, Council checkers Mitch Erikson and Nickolai (KGB), Race vet Dr. Leedy and family, Race Marshall Bryan Timbers, Race Official H. Conner, race volunteers Mark Cardinal, Lance Cannon, and Linnea Baker. Additional thanks to Gary Longley for trail breaking around Hastings' overflow and for checking teams into Nome at the finish!
The trail started at the Teller Road crossing outbound on the west trail with a right turn at Thompson Creek over to Glacier Creek, up the hill to the ditch line. The trail followed the ditch line all the way till it dropped down on the old railroad bed and then up Leonard Seppalas driveway and back into the ditch, down Grub Creek and into the Snake River following the west side of the valley back to the Teller Road crossing. The trail was 40 miles long.
The weather was a warm 28 degrees with overcast skies and some light snow. There was lots of fresh snow from the previous days storm that had passed through.
Thanks to Jim Rowe for the amazing extreme mushing trail that he put in for this race and for being race marshal. Also thanks to Kirsten and Nils for helping stake the trail.
1st - Nils Hahn - 12 dogs, 3 hours 26 minutes 35 seconds
Next weekend will be a 10 mile race that runs a loop of this same trail. Prizes will be historical photos from the musem that have been enlarged and framed. Starting place will be the Teller Road crossing @ 11 a.m. Saturday April 20th unless otherwise announced.
The race was run over a six-mile course from the by-pass starting line to the Nome River then via the beach back to the east end of town. Temperature 22°F with light easterly winds, overcast skies.
Congratulations to all participants,
We had a great race tonight for the season year ender. Race started at 7 PM under overcast skies and temps of 22f. Tomorrow promises a spring blizzard by evening so the timing was good. Good luck to Nils and Chris who along with Joe Garnie from Teller and Percy Nayokpuk from Shishmaref all head to Kotzebue tomorrow for the 150 mile Port Site Race. Fridays weather will look a little intimidating but by race time on Saturday things will have calmed down but with lots of new snow.
Thanks to everyone for showing up and to Bob Lewis for help on the trail.
Junior mushers Melissa and Mike Owens made a great showing and Melissa would have been a top finisher in the adult class.
Take Care and Enjoy Our Spring,