THROTTLE THURSDAY BECOMES….
Fast and Furious Friday
By HARRIETT HAMILTON FENERTY
What a day it has been……so much great racing……it started at 8 AM and it will continue late into the night…..the first team to get off LO is Team 20 in KOY @ 9:18 PM and then the KAL releases will start ticking off just about the time Team 20 could be sitting at the fuel pumps in KAL…..
Throttle Thursday started at 8:00 AM…. the white wall of snow and headwinds laid down the Iron Dog law, but just like in any fabulous James Bond movie, the impossible becomes the possible…..Iron Doggers drove straight through the better part of 385 miles before night’s end…..weather didn’t end up playing too big an obstacle and in fact it got better as racers neared Koyuk. Of course the light was flat but it was anything but a flat day.
BRILLIANT is what I call it…..the front of the pack did what they always do…protect time….gain time and masterfully travel from point A to point B without so much as a wrong turn.
Iron Dog athletes are the best of the best. Fifteen teams are in the mix. Facebook Live Feed Fan coverage was faster than the GPS ping page. Racers were in their element…..saluting the fans with a high five as they passed thru Elim, first hand fan stories were shared on the Group page, videos of dancing racers and there was a party with pink frosted cake and more joshin going on in the Esmailka Casa in Kaltag as Birthday Boy, Casey Boylan celebrated with some of his February Family.
Unfortunately Team 8’s race came to a grinding halt at milepost 1,223 today. Team 8, the team so many of us were wishing would create a monster size comeback story….saw their chances completely evaporate…a blown motor forced them to tow back the way they came….accepting the setback and declared a scratch….their Team Page update post said “…we will continue to learn from this and use it moving forward into our next race.”
I read so many comments today, reviewed the positive posts and shares and end my Throttle Thursday in complete AWE of the most amazing fans, sponsors, volunteers, families, racers and staff. I have heard stories about the founders sitting around the coffee table thinking about a little Gold Rush Classic – as we celebrate Iron Dog 36….The World’s Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race, I sense maturity, and deduce this February Family is going through a major growth spurt because of technology.
Thank you all for riding along this week!!!! Miles more racing to happen Fast Friday and Sizzling Saturday…..Varoom Varoom!!!!