From the Director 2018

 From the Director:

The Event - Arctic Man is a unique race that has grown in the past 32 years to be one of the major Alaskan Winter/Spring Events. The teams were small this year and we are working on some new changes for 2018. The plan is to have two classes for Men’s Ski and Men’s Snowboard - PRO Class and Semi Pro Class.  This change is effective now check the entry forms on online.

Hopefully this will encourage some new, younger blood to take this challenge and try the event. More details to follow on how you qualify for which class.  Also we are working with sponsors and new partners to work on some more snow machine races at the event.

Effective 2018  The  New race  is called  ARCTIC MAN EXTREME!!!!!See website for more information. Two snowmachine races with two competitors, racing side by side !!!!!

We want to thank all of our sponsors:  Major:  Alaska Airlines, Genes Auto, Polaris Outpost, White Spruce Trailer, Odom Corporation.

Other:  Alaska Spine Institute, Hoodoo Brewery, Miranda Electric, Motorfist, Monster Energy Drink, PBR, Vitamin Water, Sunshine Travel, Worry Free Alaska, NC Machinery, Airport Rentals, McClaren Lodge, Delta Medical Transport, Guardian Flight, Alaska Dreams, Denali State Bank, Craig Taylor, Roundup Steakhouse, Sourdough Fuel, AMMC, National Forest Avalanche Center and all others that helped make this 32nd race and we are working to all back for the 33rd anniversary.

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 this Alaskan Event better for you and your families.

The RUMOR is that the RACE IS GOING AWAY.  NO IT IS NOT GOING AWAY!!!!  The race will be on Friday and backup is on Saturday. Dates are April 9 thru April 15 (((it is not Easter weekend))). Race date April 13th and backup the 14th.

Thank you to all race spectators, race teams and sponsors for attending last year’s Arctic Man at Summit Lake. As always, Mother Nature played a part in the race and racers managed to thrive and survive. Safety will always be our priority, especially for racers but also for spectators. The Arctic man is celebrating its 33rd anniversary and has enjoyed a long and exciting history. We want to thank all the racers and spectators who have been attending for the last 33 years. The event has grown a lot since the first year in 1986. Thanks to all the sponsor support and spectator participation.

This year’s race will be held Friday, April 13, with a Saturday, April 14 backup race date. And make sure to watch this historic race, as this will be the last as we know it. Officially, Arctic Man featuring skiers and snowboarders will not happen in 2019! This portion of the event will be put on hold for review while we look at how to change the race with the times. After this year’s race we will step back and decide its future in the years to come. That said, this year’s event has some new and exciting additions. This year we are planning more snow machine type events:

1. Arctic Man Extreme: This event pits two machines, side by side as they race back up the course from below the finish line to the top of first aid. It will be like a hill cross but with only two machines own course battling to the top. Both will be timed, with two heats with winner after two races.

2. RAZOR time side by side in Oval Track. April 14 Snow machine drag races. April 14

3. Pea Pod Runner to Maclaren Lodge, set for Thursday, April 12. The plan in the future is to offer more snow machine-type events for all snow machine spectators. No matter what, though, Arctic Man is still a uniquely-Alaska event that will continue for Alaskans to enjoy each spring.

 SO SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR - 2018.

Thank You

Have a Safe and Fall and see you in April

Howie Thies

Race Director

 


 

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