Haines resident Brooks tops finishers in annual Alcan 200
The annual Alcan 200 Snowmachine Race, which starts just inside the Canadian border outside of Haines, saw a local Haines resident as its top finisher in mid-January.
Twenty-four riders tore up the road toward Dezadeash Lake at speeds that exceeded 100 mph. Upon reaching the lake, the racers restarted back toward the boarder.
Haines resident Chris Brooks placed first overall, completing the race in 1 hour, 27.1 minutes, and reaching a high speed of 106.9 mph.
“That was awesome – I couldn’t believe I won, there is nothing else like it,” Brooks said afterward. “I ran seven years and my seventh year I won.”
While the race itself saw no hiccups, the day leading up to it went up in flames.
Amy Tonsgard from Haines was practicing for her first Alcan 200 on Jan. 17, the day before the race, when she smelled burning rubber and stopped. She got off her machine, opened the hood, and the machine burst into flames, quickly turning into a ball of fire.
Fortunately, Tonsgard was uninjured, borrowed a friend’s sled and finished third in the 551-650 liquid class.
Sponsors of the long-running event included the Fogcutter Bar and American Legion, as well as the Yukon Highways department and Haines Volunteer emergency department, who help man safety for the event.
ALCAN 200 RESULTS
Overall: 1st, Chris Brooks; 2nd, George Juhlin; 3rd, Steve Cornwall
0-440 fan: 1st, Dan Dickerson; 2nd, Davis Tester; 3rd, Mario Paulin
0-440 liquid: 1st, George Juhlin; 2nd, Gene Bloom; 3rd, Justin Peterson
441-open fan: 1st, Ken Schamber
441-550 liquid: 1st, Steve Cornwall; 2nd, Nathan Peterson; 3rd, Seth Marley
551-650 liquid: 1st, Steve McLaughlin; 2nd, John Holmes; 3rd, Amy Tonsgard
651-open: 1st, Chris Brooks; 2nd, Jack Smith, Jr.