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A Frantic Race on the Sea Ice

Racer on snowmachine (snowmobile), racing along the snow-covered, frozen Bering Sea near the shoreline of Nome.
A racer departs the Nome-Golovin start-finish line. Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM.

The wildly popular annual Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race attracts a large slate of competitors from throughout Western Alaska for a furiously fast run from Nome’s sea ice to the neighboring village of Golovin and back.

The 2018 champion, Jarvis Miller of Nome, made the 190-mile round trip in only 2 hours 8 minutes. His average speed was 89 MPH!

The speeds and intensity of Nome-Golovin make for frantic few hours. KNOM broadcasts minute-by-minute details to listeners. Kotzebue radio station KOTZ simulcasts KNOM’s coverage well north of the Arctic Circle.

Your support allows the station to bring widely-sought sports and news coverage to thousands of people on this exciting, fast-paced race day. Thank you!

Image at top: A racer departs the Nome-Golovin start-finish line. Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM.

Karen and Gabe, wearing heavy parkas, smile inside a small shack near the start line of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.
Volunteers Karen Trop and Gabe Colombo, in between on-air reports from race headquarters. Photo: Zoe Grueskin, KNOM.

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