More than 70 racers revved up for the 2nd annual Alyeska Motor Rally

Published: Sep. 29, 2019 at 3:19 PM AKDT
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Dozens of UTV and motorcycle racers massed at the bottom of Mount Alyeska in Girdwood, gearing up for a timed race to climb two miles, rising 2,000 feet in elevation to the top.

It was all part of the 2nd annual Alyeska Motor Rally on Saturday. Racers all carry wristbands with timing chips which start as soon as they pass under the 'Red Bull arch' at the bottom of the mountain, keeping time until they come to the finish line at the Seven Glaciers restaurant at the top.

Each racer got two runs for each class, with the fastest time standing. Racers who took part in this year's race up the mountain say the event is unlike any other of its kind.

"I usually race on a closed course, but this is really cool just because it's uh--you have to have different types of riding styles because of the rocks and hills and the turns and stuff," said Supercross Racer, Ben Lamay. "It's just a very unique event, and I wanted to come out here and try it out."

Race organizers say in coming years, they hope to expand the race to a two-day event.

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