From the Director

From the  Director:

This is a thank you to all race spectators, race teams and sponsors for attending 2016 31st anniversary of Arctic Man.  Mother nature played games with the event again, but we made it happen. The snow and weather conditions put a halt to the race on Thursday and continued throughout Friday and we took advantage of the break and got the race over on Saturday. 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 a lot of searching and decision making we have decided to change the race day for the 32nd Arctic Man.  So the race will again be on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

The Arctic Man is a unique event that has grown in the past 31 years to be one of the major Alaskan winter events. The 2016 Arctic Man 31st was very large purse based on all teams returning and picking up 10 new teams which will reach out 65 team cap. The purse for the men’s ski race, 1st place winner was over $60,000.  We are working with some new major sponsors for 2017 and hope to keep the purse over $100,000. The competition each year is getting competitive and we are attracting new talent every year.

We want to thank all of our sponsors:   Polaris OutPost and Polaris, Odom Corp, AT&T, Alaska Spine institute, Miranda Electric, Fort Knox Mine, Motorfist, Monster Energy Drink, Sunshine Travel, Worry Free Alaska, NC Machinery, Airport Rentals, Radio 94.7 KZND, Delta Medical Transport, Alaska Dreams, Chugach  National Forest Avalanche Center, AMMC, McClaren Lodge, Alaska State Troopers, White Spruce Trailers, Denali State Bank, Coast Magazine 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 we want to thank Allen from McClaren Lodge for all his help grooming every night. AGAIN SEE YOU ALL 2017.  April 3rd thru 9th,  2017  RACE DAY APRIL 6, 2017

Thank You
Have a Safe & Good Time


Howie Thies

Race Director

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