Snowmachines became very popular in rural Alaska in the 1960s, for both practical, recreational and sporting purposes. The Nome-Golovin Race, first run in 1967, is held on the second Saturday in March. Racers begin and end in Nome after following 100 miles of the Iditarod trail down the coast to Golovin and back. Three race classes, for men, women and juniors, allow all to join in the fun of this sprint event. It’s exciting for both riders and spectators, with top finishers coming in just over two hours. This means you can catch both the start and finish – and maybe even the Award Ceremonies, held a few days later.