Valdez Hill Climb heats up the Pass
The 23rd annual Valdez Mountain Man Hill Climb is on again. Set for April 19-21 at Mile 28 of Richardson Highway, the event challenges some of the state’s best snowmachiners to climb as high as they can. The thrilling event is sponsored by the Valdez Snowmachine Club and begins April 19 with racer registration at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 11 a.m. April 20. There are Stock, Improved (IMP) Stock and Modified Stock, and plans for Junior and Vet classes if there are enough entrants. The 2012 overall King of the Mountain was John Wichman of Kenai, who also won the modified category. John Wade of Valdez won the Stock King of the Hill category, and Matt Smelcer of Valdez took King of the Hill honors in the IMP Stock category. Who will win this year’s races? Come out and see.
For more details, go to the Valdez Snowmachine Club’s website at www.valdezsnowmachineclub.com or check out the club’s Facebook page.
Alyeska Motor Madness
Alyeska will be abuzz with its annual Alyeska Motor Madness event, set for May 4-6. The Alaska Motor Mushers Club is setting up the event, which they bill as a weekend of “extreme motor madness” – all for free. There will be hill climbs, cross-country, sno-cross, hill cross, freestyle and even drag racing. Most of the action will take place from the Day Lodge, with registration and other official stuff going on at the Sitzmark. Alyeska Resort is offering special, discounted rates for Motor Madness goers. Contact them at alyeskaresort.com, (907) 754-2111 or (800) 880-3880.
Faeo nabs Motor Mushers race win
The 13th annual Larry Heal Memorial XC Race took place March 16 amid beautiful weather. For the first time this year, the race also added a 120 race level, adding to the excitement. More than 20 racers showed up for the event, with Scott Faeo taking first place in the pro-level class. Frankie Harris captured the win in the semi-pro level, and Danielle Levine won the Women’s division (she, incidentally, took third place in the semi-pro class, as well).
1) Scott Faeo, 2:12:12; 2) Jason Day, 2:16:39; 3) Jesse Fliris, 2:21:26; 4) Nick Petito 2:23:55
1) Frankie Harris, 2:17:00; 2) Seth Wells 2:22:08; 3) Danielle Levine, 2:26:15; 4) George Juhlin, 2:28:00; Cody Dunham, 2:28:16; 6) Jesse French, 2:42:52; scratched riders include: Jacob Evans, Eric Watson, Ryan Goldfuss, James Spikes, Joe Ward
1) Danielle Levine, 2:26:15; 2) Shayla Cardwell, 3:02:02; scratched racers include: Jamie Hollis and Ashley Woods
1) William McDonald, 3:07:00; scratched, Dylan Baker
1) Pat Daniels, 2:30:39; 2) Ron McClurg, 2:40:30
Iron Dog Raffle supports Armed Services YMCA
The 2013 Iron Dog Raffle is paying off well for Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, which will receive $34,000 from the proceeds raised during the race. And raffle winner Betty Hoffman of Valdez didn’t do so bad, either. She received a 2012 Toyota Tundra, donated by Kendall Toyota of Alaska, which is a major sponsor of the race.
“With the amazing support from Kendall Toyota, Alaska Power Sports, USTravel and five other great sponsors we are excited to be a part of supporting Alaska’s members of the armed services through a great charity partner,” said Iron Dog executive director Kevin Kastner. “This partnership has been a great success story. Most of all, we are humbled by the support of the sponsors and every person who purchased tickets. We are truly grateful.”
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), which was chosen as the recipient of the proceeds, is a nonprofit organization, and national association of the YMCA. The agency works with the Department of Defense and operates five locations at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and three at Fort Wainwright.
Other winners in the raffle cashed in too, with generous prizes that range from snowmachines to trips to Hawaii. They include: second place, Todd Stam, a 2012 Polaris Rush 600 Pro R donated by Alaska Power Sports; third place, Joe Rucker, A Hawaiian vacation package for two, donated by USTravel; fourth place, C. Sevcik, two round-trip tickets on Era Alaska, donated by Era Aviation; fifth place, Patti Miller, “Ice Road Trucker” ride-along, from Carlile Transportation and Era Aviation; sixth place, Cedric Kyle, custom Iron Dog merchandise package, donated by Shirts Up Serigraphics; seventh place, Michael Lie, one-year supply of Rockstar Energy Drinks; eighth place, Joel Akers, two Lead Dog helmet lights donated by Helmetlight, Inc.