The question of the week has been, “How on Earth are they going to create a trail for the Ceremonial Start out of nothing by Saturday?”
To begin with, they shortened the Ceremonial Start from eleven miles to three miles.
Nathan’s response? “That’s eight miles shorter you’ll have to run to get to the finish when you fall of the tag sled.” Sigh.
Now, every year they have to truck in snow to create the starting chute. Remember, the starting line is on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Even in high snow years, the streets have been plowed and they have to truck in snow to create the chute that can lead to trails outside of town.
The problem is that this year, there is no snow to truck in. There’s no snow on the streets. There’s no snow on the trails outside of town. There’s no snow in the foothills to bring in to line the streets.
Bring in the Alaskan Railroad.
Yep – they are shipping snow via railroad from Fairbanks. Check out the story here: Snow Shipment
When Katie and I headed out to dinner, they were just getting the banners and fencing up. And made sure to head out to see the creation of the trail. Here are some videos I shared on the Skype Classroom Chat room to show the process: