From Race Director
This is a thank you to all race spectators, race teams and sponsors for attending 2015 30th anniversary Arctic Man. Mother nature played a huge part in the race this year. The snow and weather conditions put a halt to the race on Friday and continued throughout the weekend. Safety will always be our priority for this event, especially for racers but also for spectators watching the event. We have had to cancel the race only two times in a 30 year history, which is very good considering what the weather in ALASKA can do. After all lot of searching and decision making we have decided to change the race day for the 31st Arctic Man from Friday to Thursday April 7, 2016 with April 8 and April 9 our back up dates. RACERS PLEASE REVIEW NEW RULES FOR DRAWING START AND PURSE INFORMATION. IN RULES 3.1 AND 3.2 and Entry Form for deadlines.
We want to thank all of our sponsors, Polaris Out Post and Polaris, Odom Corp, AT&T, Alaska Spine institute, Miranda Electric, Fort Knox Mine, Motorfist, Tilted Kilt, Monster, Sunshine Travel, Worry Free Alaska, NC Machinery ,Airport Rentals, Radio 94.7 KZND, Delta Medical Transport, Alaska Dreams, Chugiak National Forest Avalanche center, AMMC, McClaren Lodge,Alaska State Troopers, White Spruce Trailers, Denali State Bank, Fairbanks Daily News Miner and all the volunteers and spectators’ that help each year.
The goal of the Arctic Man Volunteers and officials is to work very hard to make sure that SAFETY and COMMON SENSE are a priority. We will continue to improve this every year and any comments will be appreciated that can help make the event better for you and your families. We also especially want to thank the Alaska State Troopers for their support and help at the event. Also Want to thank Allen from McClaren Lodge for all his help grooming every night. AGAIN SEE YOU ALL 2016 April 6 thru 10 2016. RACE DAY APRIL 7, 2016
Have a Safe & Good Time
Howie Thies/ Race Director
The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Info Center would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the Arctic Man organizers, Alaska State Troopers and all of the participants who attended an Avalanche Rescue Workshop at Arctic Man this year.
We had nearly 100 people in attendance throughout the week taking the time to learn how to affect a safe and successful avalanche rescue. For this, we are confident the Alaskan back country is a bit safer for everyone. We hope to see you all again in 2016!!!
Graham and Wendy (Avalanche forecasters)
Photo credit: Matt Kennedy and Alison Vagnini
2015 Rahlves' Banzai Tour Overall Winners received from Alaska Airlines a Round Trip ticket each, but these #SilverBeltBanzai Winners from Sugar Bowl Resort also get an invite with a free Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage for 30th Annual Arctic Man by founder and promoter...Howie Thies.
Shannon Rahlves (*Silver Belt Banzai winner / Overall was Shelly Robertson and the rest of this line up won the Sugar Bowl Resort Silver Belt Banzai and the RBT Overall Titles), Jayson Hale , Kyle Coxon and Audrey Hebert.