Todd Palin Finishes 6th in Iron Dog Race
02/14/2009 AT 10:00 PM EST
Palin, 44, completed the course in 41 hours and 14 minutes with race partner Scott Davis.
Riding Artic Cat snowmobiles, they finished nearly four hours behind the winners, Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad, Wasilla, Alaska, natives who completed the 26th annual Iron Dog in 37 hrs., 19 min., and collected the $25,000 1st place prize.
They also broke the old course record of 38:17 set by Palin and Davis in 2007. Combined, Plain and Davis have 11 Iron Dog victories between them, four by Palin and seven by Davis. They last won as a team in 2007.
Battling fresh snow, sub-zero temperatures and blizzards, racers began in Big Lake, north of Wasilla, rode northwest across the interior to Nome, where the racers reversed course and traveled east back across frozen tundra to finish the world's longest snowmobile race in downtown Fairbanks.
The races stretches out over week, allowing riders to make three rest stops along the way.