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Nome-Golovin Racers, in their Own Words

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

0-600cc CLASS

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

FAN-COOLED CLASS

Lee Stahley; bib #121; Kiana, Alaska; Ski Doo GSX 550

WOMEN’S CLASS

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!