By Harriett Hamilton Fenerty
Just like predicted it has been a fast day…..just 12 hours ago, Team 20 was finally pulling on to the course after a couple of false starts…..they made some good time to their second LO at UNK, but called it a day this morning…..24 teams started….14 are still throttling! The leader board is rearranged for sure….until they are all even on the snow…..hard to rank them….
The midnight run from KAL started last night about 12:30 when Team 10 ran 313 miles without a LO being chased by Team 14! Three teams are sitting in
MAN on final LO and I am sure there will be many more teams show up over the course of the day….
The weather was cold last night and continues to be a bit chilly with some light flurries to big snow flakes…..
Tanana arrivals include 6 teams waiting for their LO to be timed out and get back on the trail…..restart is scheduled for Saturday and a daylight finish so don’t look for racers to be going anywhere tonight…..times will be reworked and there will be another adjusted and staggered start on Saturday morning…..let the math wizards do their magic…..
The trail between Ruby and Tanana is a lonely stretch of approximately 120 miles….the racers fueled up at the Bible Camp about 60 miles out where the Express Checkpoint was lighted and marked Cabo style…..it was cold one last night too….dropping down to -19 in TAN….brrrr and it looks like there were some trail conditions that racers may or may not have had to deal with…..
Posted 10:15 AM 2-22-19
Arnold Marks Jr. There were a couple of sections above bible camp that had some stretches of gnarly moguls. I believe they were marked but I can see how it was so fast and good and then all the sudden a long stretch of deep holes and hard wind blown drifts could cause a good wipe out. Not sure if that was the cause though, at those speeds one mistimed blink could be all the difference.