a lot of roads in Alaska that
wander the countryside. There
are major two-lane highways
between towns, and streets
that run through residential
neighborhoods and, in most
places, the houses sit somewhat
hidden behind the trees. While
some rally legs covered the
major highways and a few
back roads, many legs utilized
the residential areas for the
route and a few checkpoints.
The course following was not
difficult, especially compared
to many USRRC and SCCA
National events. What made
the rally challenging was the
number of speed changes and
pauses on the major highways
together with the sheer number
of instructions that needed to be
executed in the short distances
common to neighborhoods
off the major highways.
Jake Engstrom came back
from Florida to run with his rally
teammate for 20 years, Jeff Lynn.
He explained that the format
was very similar to typical Alaska
Region rallies except for some
timing and scoring differences.
The rally was delayed
through a transit zone as the
organizers collected a few late
teams from that section of the
rally, providing contestants
time to chat with each other
on the way to Seward.
Rebecca Bastien and Leah Vik ran
the first day of the USRRC in poop
emoji costumes. “We wanted to have
some awesome racing overalls, like
Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman
from Cannonball Run, but who can
pass up a Poop Emoji?,” they said.
“We thought it would be great to set
the mood for the weekend with fun and
spirit. We had considered wearing
them the entire weekend, however,
the thought of wearing a costume
for three days without laundry kind
of out weighed the comfort of it.”
FRIDAY: THE ROAD TO SEWARD
(BELOW, TOP to BOTTOM) Friday
saw Stock-class competitors
Austin Betts and Jen Bersch hustle,
especially considering they were
competing in a classic Mini using a
kilometer-based speedometer and no
odometer. Kenneth Morton and Travis
DeMoss return to their car following
a mid-day Friday checkpoint.
Wildlife was out and about in
Alaska, with competitors spotting
the occasional bear and moose.