It’s a beautiful day for a snowmachine race.
With clear skies and sunshine – and the sounds of snowmachine engines echoing through Nome’s streets – the Gold Rush city is just hours away from the annual running of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.
Nome-Golovin 2012 starts at 12noon, with racers departing from near Nome’s East Beach.
We’ll be covering the race live on 96.1fm and 780am as well as on this blog, with photos from the starting line and a live blog later in the afternoon.
Here are pre-race interviews from a handful of today’s competitors, along with their competitive class, bib number, snowmachine, and hometown:
OPEN CLASS (601+ cc)
Allen “Pookie” Jessup, Jr.; bib #7; Kotzebue, Alaska; Yamaha FX Nitro RTX 1049
Peter Reich; bib #52; Kotzebue, Alaska; Arctic Cat Firecat F6
Chris Collins; bib #53; Kotzebue, Alaska; Ski Doo XRS 600
Roger Hannon; bib #59; Koyuk, Alaska; Ski Doo MXZ 600
Aaron Loyer; bib #61; Palmer, Alaska; Ski Doo MXZ XRS 600 ETEC
Calvin Schaeffer; bib #63; Kotzebue, Alaska; Ski Doo MXZ XRS 600
Mike Morgan; bib #65; Nome, Alaska; Polaris 600
Tre West; bib #66; Nome, Alaska; Polaris Switchback 600
Lee Stahley; bib #121; Kiana, Alaska; Ski Doo GSX 550
Sidney Mitchell; bib #101; Selawik, Alaska; Polaris Rush 600 Pro-R
Dora Hughes; bib #102; Teller, Alaska; Polaris Fusion 600
Samantha Harris-Richards; bib #103; Kotzebue, Alaska; Arctic Cat Firecat 600
Best of luck to all the competitors!