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Motorsports enthusiasts from around Kodiak gathered at the head of Olds River over the weekend for this year’s Ididarock – a 34-mile off-road challenge open to teams of runners, dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and side-by-sides.
Around 40 participants total met at an unmarked trailhead for this year’s off road challenge – which starts at Olds River and onto Lake Miam, then to Saltery Cove and out through the American River. It’s a treacherous course even for experienced riders- and that’s part of the appeal, according to rider Mike Floyd.
“We’re hoping to not get stuck a lot and avoid all the big mud holes. Take it easy, try not to break nothing, hit a tree or anything like that… and then slow and easy wins the race usually,” Floyd said.
Kodiak residents John Neff and Parry Nelson set a new team course dirt bike record, completing the 34-mile trail in one hour and 27 minutes.
Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for everyone. The Coast Guard confirmed one participant was medevaced near Lake Miam. He was taken to Base Kodiak where he was met by local EMS and treated for a broken leg.
The event raised $1400, which organizers plan to reinvest in the trail. They are optimistic that if they can repair the trail, more people might be able to enjoy it for the challenge next year.