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Governor Palin Provides a Team #11 Update





Via Facebook:

Todd just called from Nome, Alaska – the halfway point in the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine race! Todd says he and his partner, Scott Davis, are feeling great and loving the very cold, very FAST conditions. Scott’s wife Regina took the photo below of our Team #11 coming off the frozen Norton Sound and into the Nome checkpoint. Todd and Scott hit the halfway checkpoint in 4th place, and these top teams are all within about a half an hour of each other. The teams in 1st & 2nd are only 23 seconds apart! The guys have to fulfill a long mandatory layover now; they get some sleep and good food, then hit the trail again heading to the finish in Fairbanks, about 1,000 miles away.

Todd always says anything can happen in this race – especially during that second half. Guys have won or lost the race more than a few times by just mere minutes. Crashes, engine blow ups, avalanches, open water, animal and iceberg encounters, frostbite, broken bones, wrenching under pitch-black skies in unfathomable winds and frigid temperatures, etc. have been part of the racers’ and pre-race trail breakers’ challenges for the two decades Todd has raced the Iron Dog. (And this is his idea of fun!) These racers are tough competitors who love the great outdoors, and the volunteers who make the Iron Dog happen are also very tough individuals who thrive in these extreme conditions under the great North Star.

It’s an amazing race that takes great skill, mechanical ability, physical prowess and dogged determination necessitating a level of mental toughness that is so valuable and rare.

Thanks for following the race… only 1,000 more miles!

- Sarah Palin

 

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  • JP_AZ

    Woohoo!! I am tracking the race on http://irondog.ionearth.com/2013/irondog/leader.

  • heshtesh

    Just got off my sled 15 minutes ago, wish team 11 the very best.

  • YourGMa

    Ski-Doos are doing very well so far, with 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th placements at the half-way point. Furthermore the terrain in the 2nd half of the race from Nome to Fairbanks favor the Ski-Doo MX ZX (#17,25,11,08) over the Arctic Cat Sno Pro (#23) and the Polaris Switchback (#10), since the latter two are mountain sleds. The mountain sleds needed to build a sizable lead in the first half in order to be competitive in the 2nd half. The Polaris Rush would provide stiff competition to the MX ZX, but no Polaris Rush or Indys are within striking range of the leaders. Interesting to see how well the MX ZXs hold up in the high-speed sections in the 2nd half. McKenna/VanMeter and George/Bartel especially have been running their machines very hard in battling Dick/Quam leading up to Nome.
    What a race — 1/2 minute separation after 3 days of racing !
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    • john norton

      Go Team 11 … ~ !

  • YourGMa

    Go Team 11 (Davis/Palin) !
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  • ZH100

    Go Todd and Scott!

  • Ceejay

    Only 1,000 more miles….stay safe all of you racers. Hoping for a Palin/Davis win!!

  • Shane Ladd

    Nice photo. Good luck, Todd. We love our Gov. Sarah.

  • Founders1791

    Praying for victory!

  • Guest

    Go Todd/Scott ….. Ride Hard!!

  • YourGMa

    Palin/Davis (team #11) gained on rivals with fast maintenance work. Work time in Nome is added to a team’s course time. With a work time of only 3min 14sec, Team 11 gained 4 minutes against team #17, 6 minutes against #23, and gained 8 minutes against #25.
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  • Leroy Whitby

    Palins rock. What a family.

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