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Todd Palin and Teammate Peter Kakes Place Seventh in Artic Man Race

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 11, 2010

Tweeted by Governor Palin this afternoon:

From an earlier article at the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer:

Now in its 25th year, the Arctic Man is Alaska’s most unique ski and snowmachine race.

The race is held in the HooDoo Mountains in the Alaska Range near Summit Lake, about 200 miles south of Fairbanks, and is accessible to spectators only by snowmachine. The event annually attracts a crowd of 10,000 fans or more.

Skiers and snowboarders team up with snowmachiners to form two-person teams. The skier or snowboarder starts at the top of a 5,800-foot summit and skis down 1,700 feet in less than two miles. At the bottom of the hill, the skier or snowboarder meets up with their snowmachine partner, grabs a tow rope and is towed — at speeds exceeding 80 mph — to the top of another mountain before letting go of the tow rope and skiing 1,200 feet down to the finish line.

The entire race takes the top teams less than 5 minutes.

The Arctic Man annually attracts some of the top speed skiers from around the U.S. and Alaska, as well as some of the top snowmachine racers in the state.


More than 20 teams have already committed to the ski division, including the team of Todd Palin, the four-time Iron Dog champ and husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and four-time Arctic Man ski champ Peter Kakes, according to Thies.


The Arctic Man’s sponsorship agreement with Tesoro comes less than five months after the fuel company pulled its sponsorship from the Iron Dog, the 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks. Tesoro had been the main Iron Dog sponsor for 10 years.

Kip Knudson, external affairs manager for Tesoro in Alaska, said the company had sponsorship money available after pulling out of the Iron Dog and decided the Arctic Man would provide good exposure with the same kind of crowd.

“We like the snowmachining crowd and this is one of the premier events in Alaska,” Knudson said. “It’s a huge gathering.”

Tesoro will hype the race with displays in its convenience store gas stations around the state and have a presence at the race, Knudson said.

Tesoro donated $25,000 to the race to complement the race’s other three main sponsors: The Alaska Army National Guard ($20,000); Mystick Lubricants ($10,000); and The Odom Corporation ($10,000).


2 Responses to “Todd Palin and Teammate Peter Kakes Place Seventh in Artic Man Race”

  1. john creel said

    3-22-2011 OK, Flying to fairbanks april 4th, bringing the team approach! among other things? also bringing a female who wants to be pulled FAST! my adopted daughter,( keree smith) she is looking for a female driver for the womens division, creel out!

  2. John Creel said

    No worrys mates, Next year will be different,curious to hear the feed back on the event,I have a friend who is a engineer for polars snowmobiles, works in R and D, He may be of some assistance, Peter I know your not thrilled with seventh, alittle more preperation may be necessary, a team approach will help! Hope you guys are having FUN, Sincerely John Creel

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