Double dog

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Ski-Doo riders VanMeter and McKenna repeat as champions

Race marshal Chris Graeber checks in the third-place team of Chris Olds and Mike Morgan, riding Polaris, as they cross the finish line in Fairbanks. Phto by Clyede Hewitt

Race marshal Chris Graeber checks in the third-place team of Chris Olds and Mike Morgan, riding Polaris, as they cross the finish line in Fairbanks. Phto by Clyede Hewitt

Powered by Ski-Doo’s tested eTec engine and riding a near-flawless race, Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna repeated as Iron Dog champions on Feb. 23 after crossing the Fairbanks finish line more than 50 minutes ahead of the second-place team, also on Ski-Doos.

McKenna and VanMeter overcame more than 2,000 miles of obstacles, cold temperatures, drifts, open water and the potential for injury to claim their second victory in as many years. The duo won the 2012 race on Ski-Doos as well, and this year’s victory marks Ski-Doo’s third Iron Dog win. The brand took six of the top 10 spots. This year’s elapsed course time of 12:38:41 was good enough for first place, and 51 minutes ahead of runners-up Tyson Johnson and Tyler Aklestad (13:29:26, Ski-Doo). Mike Morgan and Chris Olds teamed up with Polaris again to finish third in 13:57:00. Aaron Bartel and Brad George (13:59:11, Ski-Doo) and Scott Davis and Todd Palin (14:40:20, Ski-Doo) rounded out the top five spots.

 

Finishers, Pro Class

1
McKenna / VanMeter
Team #17
36:58:54
57.22 mph

2
Aklestad / Johnson
Team #8
37:49:39
55.94 mph

3
Morgan / Olds
Team #10
38:17:22
55.26 mph

4
George / Bartel
Team #25
38:19:24
55.21 mph

5
Davis / Palin
Team #11
39:20:33
53.78 mph

6
Sottosanti / Zwink
Team #2
42:14:30
50.09 mph

7
Collins / Reich
Team #15
45:18:20
46.71 mph

8
Marks / Marks
Team #40
45:24:06
46.61 mph

9
Faeo / Faeo
Team #20
46:02:35
45.96 mph

10
Brown / Dean
Team #21
48:12:26
43.89 mph

11
Crouse / Vaughn
Team #30
49:18:23
42.92 mph

12
Strick / Strick
Team #12
49:48:59
42.48 mph

13
Brown / Kubitz
Team #7
51:45:51
40.88 mph

14
Johnson / Lachinski
Team #36
52:42:58
40.14 mph

15
Wilkes / Wold
Team #3
56:02:00
36.39 mph
Completed race at Pikes Landing with time adjustment.

16
Boney / Laraux
Team #19
57:16:49
36.03 mph

17
Brown / Wessels
Team #24
58:04:14
36.44 mph

18
Hill / Juhlin
Team #35
59:15:32
35.71 mph

19
Salzbrun / Williams
Team #28
61:13:05
35.14 mph

20
Phillips / Whitted
Team #37
69:19:11
29.44 mph

 

Finishers, Trail Class to Nome

1Farley / Hehnlin / Bahnke / Farley
Team #45
36:16:00
28.48 mph

2
Paris / Walsh
Team #52
55:35:00
19.20 mph

3
Campbell / Carver / Heilala / McCormick
62:14:00
17.80 mph

4
Moto / Johnson / Johnson / Johnson
Team #50
66:45:00
15.75 mph

5
Jensen / Goodrich / Dropik
Team #43
71:48:00
13.59 mph

6
Gee / Webb
Team #99
72:11:00
14.78 mph

7
Williams / Harding / Greene / Semaken / Walker
Team #44
23:39:00 (Feb. 17)
786:07:59
1.26 mph

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