Unfortunately, this afternoon three athletes had to scratch. Linda Pomeroy asked guides Glenn and Spencer to bring her out as she had a bad cough and stomach problems. Her team mate Ali is still out there and he will try to get to Carmacks in time. Linda is resting now and will likley stay with the crew to the end of the race. About 45 minutes ago we were told by Ken Lake that Jorgen Thorsted and Stefan Zahlten also need to be evacuated. Since transportation by ski-doo is not a problem, it's nothing serious. With Stefan it could be his blisters and Jorgen may have a sore back. Glenn and Spencer have left to bring them back. They took along some extra clothes as the ride out on the back of a ski-doo can be pretty cold.
After a good ret Torben looked a lot better and he left Carmacks. Johnny is very fast as the trail is hard packed. He continues to have shin splints and it's almost like he wants to be faster to get rid of the pain. As I write this Gary and Josh are reaching him. They will also ask if he plans on having a rest at McCabe. I hope so. That way we can slow down a bit, too ;-)
Pictures of day 1 and 2 are now online in our gallery. Sorry it took a bit longer. More pictures hopefully later today.
The rest of the volunteer crew just arrived with me in Carmacks. Now we can help Nic who did a great job welcoming Johnny and Torben upon their arrival. Athletes love this place as they can actually have a shower. To be honest with you the support crew loves it for the same reason ...
Torben is doing okay but the speed he is going at is taken its toll. He does have shin splints on one leg and problem with a tendong. He was awake a few minutes ago and will think a bit about when to continue.
As temperatures drop, we will now also check more for frostbite. The athletes have been briefed that if they do get frostbite we have to take them off the race course. For their own safety. Often it happens to the fast guys. So, I hope Johnny is carful.
Ken Lake is busy but I am sure everyone enjoys the experience because Marta, Graham and Bernard who are there to support the athletes are a true dream team!
It is - 28 degrees C right now. Slowly warming up. Looks like it will be another incredibly sunny day. That should give all remaining athletes lots of energy.
Everyone is fine. Johnny is on his way to McCabe. Torben is in Carmacks. Brian is on his way to Carmacks. Robert, James, Stefan, Eliot and John are at Ken Lake. Tim is approaching Ken Lake and Bernard will check on him shortly.
Gabriela and Pietro, Ali and Linda left from Braeburn early. That's great because if they keep moving well they should make the 4 days and 12 hours cut-off in Carmacks.