A 38-year-old Alaskan man died after his snowmobile crashed during the Alcan 200 Road Race on Saturday.
Jeffrey Peede of North Pole collided with a guardrail along Haines Highway near Three Guardsman Pass, say Atlin RCMP. The pass is about 32 kilometres on the Yukon side of the border crossing.
He was only 12 kilometres into the race.
Peede’s death is the first fatality in the race’s 40 years. He was pronounced dead at the Haines, Alaska, clinic.
Peede was a long-time participant in the Alcan 200, which invites riders to hurtle down the icy highway between Haines and Haines Junction at terrific speeds. The road is closed to other traffic during the race.
The remaining 39 participants completed the race. Most winners plan to donate their prizes to Peede’s family, say race organizers.
This year’s winner, Travis Adams of Whitehorse, took top prize by finishing in one hour, 44 minutes and 17 seconds. He averaged a speed of 180 kilometres per hour.
He was followed by Craig Hill and Colby Hill, who are both of Fairbanks. (John Thompson)