Jeffrey Peede, 01-17-09
Snowmachiner dies in race
Anchorage Daily News, January 17th, 2009
HAINES -- A 38-year-old North Pole man competing in a snowmachine contest in Haines
died Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers said.
Jeffrey Peede was competing in the Alcan 200 snowmachine race when he crashed on
the Haines Highway at about 10:30 a.m.
Peede was taken to the Haines Clinic, where he was pronounced dead.
Snowmachine racer died after striking guardrail
The Associated Press, Published: January 20th, 2009
FAIRBANKS -- A snowmachine racer from North Pole who died in a snowmachine race
struck a guardrail on the Haines Highway, according to Canadian authorities.
Jeff Peede, 38, died over the weekend a short distance into the Alcan 200 Road Rally.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he is the first fatality in the history of
the race, which has been run for 40 years.
Peede was killed after smashing into the guardrail near Three Guardsman Pass.
The 176-mile race involves about 40 competitors from Alaska and Canada who ride
a course that follows the highway, which is temporarily closed to other traffic
during the race. Racers start at 42 Mile, travel to Dezadeash Lake in the Yukon
and return to the start.
Race director Dan Hanson said the average speed is more than 100 mph.
Peede had competed in the race about 10 times. Hanson said road conditions were
icy but no more so than any other year. He added that there was a little more snow
this year than usual.
Hanson said the winners of the road rally, including Craig Hill and Colby Hill of
Fairbanks, donated their cash prizes, totaling about $18,000, to Peede's family.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police declined to release further information about
the crash pending the ongoing investigation. Alaska State Troopers and the Haines
Police Department are also involved.