Marco Sullivan, Jayson Hale take wins in Alaska’s Arctic Man race
Olympic downhill skier Marco Sullivan of Truckee has a hankering for speed.
After finishing second in the Arctic Man Ski And Sno-Go Classic in 2007 and winning the event in 2008, Sullivan returned to the Hoodoo Mountains of Alaska this past weekend to claim another victory along with his snowmobile partner.
The Arctic Man is an annual race involving a skier or snowboarder paired up with a snowmobile driver. The skier drops nearly 2,000 vertical feet in 2 miles before meeting up with his or her teammate on a snowmobile. The snowmobile driver then pulls the skier by towrope back uphill for another couple of miles, at speeds exceeding 70 mph, before the skier breaks off and blazes down another 1,000-plus vertical feet to the finish line.
Sullivan teamed up with snowmobile driver Tyler Acklestad of Palmer, Alaska, as the pair held off the runner-up finishers by about one second.
and#8220;Tyler kicked a– out there,and#8221; Sullivan, 30, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner of his teammate, who was nursing injuries from a sled collision the previous day. and#8220;He had a limp (Saturday) morning, but he said he could do it, and he rode like the maniac he is. He turned in a huge performance.and#8221;
Six of the 24 menand#8217;s ski teams did not finish the race, while six of the 15 menand#8217;s snowboarder teams also did not reach the finish.
Jayson Hale of Sierraville, who, like Sullivan, has a knack for speed, made the most of his opportunity in the unique race. The Olympic boardercross racer teamed up with Tyson Johnson of Eagle River, Alaska, to win the snowboard division with a time of 5:07.29. Their time was nearly 20 minutes faster than the second-place team.
Another Olympic snowboarder from the Tahoe area, Nate Holland of Truckee, and his teammate did not finish the race.
and#8212; Information for this article was used from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
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