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A Busy Day on the Bering Sea Ice

Nome-Golovin 2016 Racer
On the frozen surface of the Bering Sea, a competitor tests his ride a few minutes before the start of the 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

Last month, in one of the busiest days of our entire year, the KNOM staff briefly paused from our coverage of Iditarod (about which you’ll read more here) to turn our attention to another, even more local race — and a far more fast-paced one. On March 12, we covered the 50th anniversary running of the Nome-Golovin, a 200-mile, round-trip sprint race on snowmobiles (called snowmachines in Alaska) from Nome to the nearby community of Golovin and back. (Just to give an idea of its pace: the winner finished the 200-mile course in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 9 seconds, giving him an average speed of 94 mph.)

Nome-Golovin 2016 Racer
A Nome-Golovin 2016 racer departs the start line. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

Nome-Golovin is greatly beloved and closely followed within KNOM country, not least because most of its competitors come from Nome and the villages and towns immediately surrounding it. And unlike Iditarod, which is a source of attention for many media outlets throughout the state, the coverage of Nome-Golovin is largely restricted to KNOM and a few other Nome news outlets. Especially for same-day, live coverage, KNOM is our region’s “go-to” for the latest, as snowmachine racers depart from, and return to, the start/finish line on the frozen ice of the Bering Sea. It’s truly a team effort, with all of our current volunteers — Emily, Mitch, Laura, and Maddie — working with the rest of our staff to do frequent, live reports throughout the race’s frantic pace.

For our community, distinctively Alaskan events like the Nome-Golovin mean a lot, and it means a lot to us that your ongoing support enables us to cover them. Thank you for making that possible. (Photos: racers depart the Nome-Golovin start/finish line; volunteer Maddie Winchester interviews a competitor.)

Maddie interviews a Nome-Golovin competitor
Volunteer Maddie Winchester interviews a Nome-Golovin competitor at the finish line. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM.

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We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.