8 MORE SLEEPS and 8 THINGS YOU SHOULD TO KNOW
By HARRIETT HAMILTON FENERTY
Published February 9, 2019
1. Bib EIGHT is in the line-up this year…..I read a stat the other day that I found a tad bit interesting…..longest running partnership on the 2019 roster…..TEAM 8. Based on the Team 8 bio page Tyson has only missed years 2003 (race cancelled) and 2005 (not sure why)……23 years of Iron Dog competition. He didn’t run with Tyler all those years, but he is establishing a record for sure……I don’t think there is another competitor inthe 2019 roster that has 23 years of experience or entries. Tyson pointed out this is his 21 entry!!!! ( I call it 23 years of experience because even though his name wasn’t on the roster he was watching for sure)
2. 362 miles from Big Lake to McGrath last year for Team 8….less than 8 hours (7 hours 12 minutes)
The eighth checkpoint is Ophir……
3. There has been lots of Iron Dog activity in Ophir so far this year……it is an old mining town, about 12 miles from Takotna.
4. During race week, Takotna is the closest spot for reliable comms. When a checker has to get information to the HQ via telephone…. they have to get on a machine and run back to Takotna to call a report in….
5. Racers will fill up both tanks at Ophir…..because the run from Ophir to Poorman is 99 miles and well it is filled with obstacles……punch the throttle, slam on the brakes….punch the throttle, slam on the brakes…..bounce from tussock to tussock and well you get the picture…..fuel economy isn’t going to happen in this section of Iron Dog!!!
6. Water is heavier than fuel…..1 gallon of water is 8.34 lbs and 1 gallon of fuel is approximately 6.07 lbs.
7. You can hit refresh as many times as you want on the GPS ping page, but it will only beam up an update about 8 times an hour…just open a couple windows and make sure you have the refresh box checked and it will do it automatically…..no more refresh refresh refresh!!!!
8. When a race team makes the final 8 mile dash to Pike’s Landing,,,,,they will leave the Tanana River and turn onto the Chena River…lots of twists and turns there!