Year 2005 Race Results!
January 8 | January 22 | February 4, 5 | February 18
March 18 - Businessman' Race
March 24, 25, 26 - Salmon Lake
For Junior mushers raceresults, see the announcements page.
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.
Nearly perfect conditions and a flat, smooth, groomed trail greeted twelve 8-dog teams at the first NKC race of the 2006 season. The race was 13.3 miles long.
Nils Hahn continues to set the pace for Nome area mushers, coming in first place, completing the course in 51 minutes, 02 seconds. Nils has not lost a NKC race since 2004, but several mushers are right on his heels.
Kim Waldrep, now training in Banner Creek, was in hot pursuit of Hahn, roaring to a fast finish, but just off the mark.
Keith Conger continues to improve his kennel's performance, proving that hard work and training pay big dividends. Keith passed several teams late in the race including one just in front of the finish line for 3rd place honors.
Once again, Ray Lang came out of retirement and finds himself near the top of the NKC ranks.
Dempsey Woods rounded out the top 5. As expected, Dempsey showed up with an eager and fast dog team. More important than his finish however, Sgt. Woods was able to honor local National Guardsmen currently serving in Iraq: Woods has each of their names stenciled on his sled bag.
Chris Rowe arrived at the start with her characteristically impressive team. Chris trained and raced Sunday for the first time a notable young leader who promises to propel her to many fast finishes this year.
Erica Przymont fended off a series of difficulties and misadventures, confidently finishing in the 11th position in her racing debut.
Mike and Pat Owens ran nearly identical, powerful easy moving teams. Mike and Pat were running Melissa's Jr. Iditarod Champs, using the race as a training tool in the family's effort to repeat last years' successes.
While maybe not the fastest finish, the most noteworthy was that of Jeff Darling. Jeff has been building his team for the last couple of years and made his NKC race debut Sunday. In addition to covering the official race course in a competitive time, Jeff opted to give his competitors an added advantage. Instead of turning at the 3 mile mark towards the finish, Jeff continued down the Snake River, rambled into Bering Air, drove the team through town, up the highway and to the finish line. Jeff clearly finished with the most impressive interpretation of the race course, and he was, as always, smiling, gracious and enthusiastic, looking forward to the next race.
Special thanks to Ray Lang for his hard work on the trail, which was, superb. Thanks also to Fannie Woods and Carlin Itchoak for timing, to the Junior Mushers who helped secure teams prior to the start and to all the folks who came out to watch. The next NKC race is on January 22, 2006. The race is a 12 dog 25 mile affair with a trail to be determined.
It was 23.9 miles, started behind the rec center and ended next to the national guard hangar. Great > race, great turn out! Was hoping to see you there today. Hard and fast trail (glare ice in few spots), weather was good, per Dempsey. ~Fannie
Great Race! Congratulations everyone!
i agree. nice work everyone. the dog teams all looked great. nobody dropped any for day two; they were all obviously well trained and ready for less than perfect conditions.
Trophies Available and ITC Finisher?s Banquet for 1st,2nd and 3rd Place. Call Greg at 443 4618 if you have questions.
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the Nome Kennel Club Businessman’s Race!
Perfect conditions and a challenging trail greeted The Nome Kennel Club for it's season finale, the Salmon Lake Stamped 150 mile stage race. With the help of the Nome Boy Scouts, and volunteers Charlie Lean, Randy Romenesko, Dave Olson and Brian Blandford, the race was a total success.
Nils Hahn won the race with a three-day total time of 11 hours, 57 minutes. Hahn remains unbeaten in NKC races over the last three years.
Minutes behind Hahn was Teller's Joe Garnie, finishing in 12 hours, 5 minutes.
Hugh Neff of Fairbanks rounded out the top three finishers at 12 hours 35 minutes.
Mike Owens finished in fourth place in 13 hours 27 minutes.
Kim Waldrep was fifth with a three day time of 15 hours, 8 minutes.
Bringing in the red lantern was Phil Pryzmont, finishing with a three day time of 16 hours, 9 minutes. Pyzmont ran 9 dogs in the 12 dog event, getting them all safely around the 150 mile race course.
Special Thanks are owed to Jane Anderson, for her assistance with trail breaking and trail monitoring, and to volunteer race judge and time keeper Melissa Owen, and to Roger Thompson for his assistance in transporting race supplies to the Salmon Lake checkpoint.
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