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First Iron Dog Racers Reach Nome

By | February 21, 2012

The first team of snowmobile racers has reached Nome in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog race. Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter arrived Tuesday afternoon. For being the first to reach the race’s half-way point, they pocket $10,000.

Trail conditions for this year’s race are either ideal or a nightmare, depending on who you ask. Here’s two-time reigning champion and Tyler Huntington.

Huntington’s team has averaged over eighty miles-per-hour, despite an early-race shock problem on partner Tre West’s machine.

Rookie Archie Agnes, however, tells a much different story about the conditions.

He and partner Arnold Marks were also clocking in around eighty miles-per-hour during the early stretch of the race. All teams must reach Nome by 11:59 P.M. Wednesday Night to avoid scratching.

The race winds up Saturday in Fairbanks.

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