Nome Halfway Events
Now that the teams have made it to Nome, the balance of the time here is split between rest, inspections and work-time on the sleds needing repairs.
Teams are allowed 15 minutes off the clock to inspect their machines for damages, conduct a compression test and make a list of parts they will need to make repairs.
Once teams are scheduled for work, they check in with race officials to begin the feverish effort to get their machines back in shape. All work time is timed and added to their overall course time. Once the time is added, the restart schedule will be calculated. In any case, the first team out leaves Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. We’ll leave the Nome garage live video up for as long as we can.
On Wednesday night at 6:00 PM, the Alaska National Guard and Iron Dog invite racers, family and friends to join us for the halfway awards banquet. We’ll take a few minutes to recognize the Trail riders who made it here and award some of the contingency prizes. Donlin Gold will present a $10,000 prize to the fastest Pro Class team to Nome.
More work and onward to Fairbanks
After the banquet, many teams will work late into the evening finishing up their work and preparing for the restart south to Unalakleet and back on the Yukon River to Tanana, where they will spend Friday night.