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A Nome-Golovin racer speeds from the starting line on his snowmachine
A Nome-Golovin competitor rockets from the starting line. Photo: David Dodman, KNOM.

The Nome-Golovin (GULL-uh-vin) Snowmachine Race is a blisteringly fast and frenzied competition in which racers — predominantly residents of Western Alaska — sprint to the Norton Sound coastal community of Golovin and back to Nome. The fastest racers finish the 200-mile route in less than 3 hours. Every year, it’s a race that captures the interest of KNOM’s local listeners.

KNOM staffers make an all-hands-on-deck effort to bring Nome-Golovin to the region. Volunteers are on the front lines of high-speed, live reporting; they brought the sounds and live developments of the race to listeners directly from the start/finish line on the ice of the Bering Sea. Especially with a race that’s run at speeds of 100 miles per hour or more, live radio offers an excitement and an efficient, simple stream of communication that rallies the region.

Your support enlivens this race for KNOM listeners, especially friends and family in remote villages who can’t be in Nome in person to cheer for loved ones. Thank you!

Volunteer producer Karen Trop, interviewing a racer immediately after his finish.
Volunteer producer Karen Trop, interviewing a racer immediately after his finish. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM.

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