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Nome-Golovin 2011: Before the Race, Hear the Racers

audio by Leah Radde, Ben Matheson, and Matthew Smith; text by David Dodman

It’s Saturday morning, and the town of Nome is abuzz with snowmachines (literally: the sounds of revving snowmachine engines have been increasing steadily since Friday afternoon).

The excitement’s building for The Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race, which begins in less than an hour from the outskirts of Nome; this year’s start/finish line is at the mouth of the Nome River.

Starting at 12noon, KNOM will bring you the race live, and we’ll be simulcast – and streamed online – on Kotzebue’s KOTZ Radio, as well!

We’ll also be live-blogging and posting photos from the race, right here on KNOM on the Trail.

In the meantime, here are a handful of racer interviews from Thursday’s sign-up meeting at the Nome Armory. All of these racers – and 49 others – will be screaming out of Nome in an hour!

Bob Saccheus, Class A (Open); Anchorage/Elim, Alaska; riding a Polaris Dragon 800:

Evan Booth, Class A (Open); Nome, Alaska; riding a Polaris XL 800:

Mike Morgan, Class A (Open); Anchorage, Alaska; riding a Polaris Rush 800:

Johnny Bahnke III, Class A (Open); Nome, Alaska; riding a SkiDoo MXZ 800:

Tre West, Class B (0-600 CC); Nome, Alaska; riding an Arctic Cat 600R:

Quinn Schaeffer, Class C (Fan-Cooled); Kotzebue, Alaska; riding an Arctic Cat Z 570:

Mercie McGuffey, Class D (Women’s); Nome, Alaska; riding a Polaris Rush 600:

Cynthia Karmun, Class D (Women’s); Nome, Alaska; riding a SkiDoo TNT 600:

The best of luck to all the racers!