We have photos! All my thanks to local photographer Eric Engman for making these available. Today’s first starter went out at 10 a.m. this morning, and Eric sent out photos at 10:29 p.m. local time, if you want to know how hard the volunteers are working here. (No comment on when this reporter posted this article.)
All photos in this gallery are copyright and courtesy of Eric Engman. This is just a sample of the full gallery. You can find all his shots from Monday, and should buy originals of same at his site, here; he has set Smugmug to its lowest default price setting for photo purchases (like, you can download a 4MB version for $1.00, which is basically unheard of), which pretty much tells you what you need to know about Eric Engman.
Racing continues tomorrow at Birch Hill with skate sprints. Start time for the qual has been moved forward to 11 a.m., due to the need for temperatures to rise above –4° F for safe and FIS-legal racing. Welcome to Fairbanks in March.
— Gavin Kentch