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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rocky Reifenstuhl

Alaskan endurance racing legend Rocky Reifenstuhl has died at the age of 61.  Rocky often competed in serious Alaskan endurance events such as the Iditabike, the Wilderness Classic, the Equinox Marathon and numerous biking events.  One of the most common reactions from fellow racers when discussing Rocky was disbelief at his incredible ability to endure pain, severe weather and inclement conditions in the wilderness.  He pushed competitors harder than anyone else and did not hesitate to seize any advantage he could get. Rocky was unphased by racing challenges and his ability to push through difficulty often left rivals shaking their heads. 

I had the privilege of competing in two of the same Wilderness Classic races as Rocky , including the now legendary 2002 snowstorm Wrangell's race.  Although I never had a serious chance at challenging his speed and skill, my race partner and I stayed close for many miles.  My respect for Rocky's speed and skill at wilderness travel grew considerably during that race as we tried to maintain his pace. 

Rocky is the type of racer that makes Alaskan endurance racing great.  Racers are only as great as their rivals and Rocky drove everyone who competed against him to their highest possible level of performance.  Rest in peace, Rocky. 

Here are a couple links to articles about Rocky's life.
Rocky Reifenstuhl - News Miner Article 1
Rocky Reifenstuhl - News Miner Article 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Classic 2013 Preliminary Report

This just in . . .

The 2013 Classic took 7 1/2 days to finish this year.  Five out of thirteen racers finished. 

That's all the info I have for now but I should have more soon. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

AlaskaCross 13

The AlaskaCross race just finished a few days ago. Here are a couple links to news articles about this year's race.

News Miner Pre-Race Article

News Miner Post-Race Article


Also, check out the finish line sign-in sheet. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tyler Johnson

For everyone interested in the National Geographic Ultimate Survival Alaska show - Tyler Johnson, who is one of the contestants, just put up a new website.  http://www.tylerdjohnson.com/

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

For everyone who doesn't yet have an application for the 2013 race here it is straight from Luc Mehl.  
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Show time! The 32nd Wilderness Classic, Thompson Pass to McCarthy, will start June 23rd.

Follow the links below for race information and application. I'm leaving May 19th for a month without communication, so please get questions, concerns, and rookie applications to me before May 19th. After May 19th, please direct question to Team Heavy:

Rob Kehrer, robkehrer@gci.net

Deadlines:
  • Rookie Racer Applications: May 19th (soft deadline... I can't help you much after that, but the other guys can)
  • Returning Racer Applications: June 21st (but please let me know sooner!)
  • Liability Release, $100 suggested donation: June 21st




Friday, May 17, 2013

National Geographic Ultimate Survival Alaska Part Duex

In my last post I overlooked the fact that another one of the participants on the show is an experienced wilderness racer.  Brent Sass is an AlaskAcross veteran, 2007, Chena to Circle, 75+ mi., ~30hrs. 3rd to arrive.

You can register your social media vote for Brent and Tyler on the Nat Geo website. 

Ultimate Survival Alaska

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ultimate Survival Alaska - National Geographic

National Geographic has a new series debuting on May 12, 2013.  The show looks like a combination of the Wilderness Classic and the original reality show Survivor.  Best of all, the series is filmed in the real Alaskan wilderness with real Alaskan hardmen.  Don't miss it! 

Tyler Johnson, veteran and winner of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic is one of the participants. 

Ultimate Survival Alaska - National Geographic Show


Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Poll - Commercialize the Classic

A number of people were quite amused by the last poll about training for the Classic so I posted a new poll about the fundamental format of the race.  You can find it in the right column of the blog. 

Speaking of race organizing . . . this is a good opportunity to thank current race organizer Luc Mehl for doing a bang-up job with the race.