The 2015 Gin Gin 200 will begin at Meiers Lake Roadhouse, (Milepost 171 Richardson Highway), at 6:00 pm on Friday January 2nd. The late start time is intended to allow mushers to use Friday as a travel day and also to ease the impact on the Alpine Creek Lodge checkpoint. Teams will be utilizing the checkpoint mostly during daylight hours. This also allows teams to rest during the day when temperatures may be a bit warmer.
The mushers meeting will held at 4:00 pm on Friday. Bag check will begin immediately after the meeting. Vet checks will begin prior to the meeting and continue as long as necessary. Teams will start on Meiers Lake at 2 minute intervals. This will be a dual start event, with the intent of minimizing the layover time differential.
The 2015 Gin Gin trail will cover 200 miles of varied terrain; mostly above timberline. Come prepared for extreme cold and potentially windy conditions. The first 4 miles of trail will follow the Meiers Valley and travel down the creek to Paxson Lake. Teams will be on Paxson Lake for approximately 9 miles. The next 5 mile section is up the Gulkana to the Denali Highway. Teams will be on the Denali for 68 miles to Alpine Creek Lodge. There will be a dog drop at Milepost 42, (Crazy Dog Kennel), on the Denali—60 miles from the start. Dogs may also be dropped here on the return. All dropped dogs will be returned to Meiers Lake as soon as practical.
Alpine Lodge is 86 miles out. From there the trail travels a 35 mile loop and returns to Alpine. Mushers may take their 10 hours of mandatory layover, plus time differential, at Alpine Creek, either inbound or outbound, in 30 minute increments.
Alpine Creek to the finish at Meiers Lake will cover the same trail as the outbound. 86 miles. Total trail miles is 207.
There will be a half bale of straw provided for teams at Alpine. The Gin Gin has no food drop, however, teams may leave supplies at Alpine to be used on the return leg. Alpine is not a dog drop. Alpine will have water available. Usually hot water is provided at this checkpoint, however, that may depend on the number of teams arriving close together. Alpine is a full service Lodge and will have food and sleeping facilities for mushers.
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