FAIRBANKS, AK-This morning at 9 a.m. 17 cyclists were preparing for the toughest race in the world. Except they use their hands to pedal. That's right Sadler's Alaska Challenge took place in front of the Ester Volunteer Fire Department for the start of its second stage.
There is a $24,000 purse for the what is called the longest and toughest handcycle race in the world. This race is 7 stage 267 mile race. The second leg from Ester to Nenana is considered the hardest because of the hilly 46.3 mile course. The race started in Lake Hood in Monday and ends at Hatcher Pass.
There is a pair of London Paralypmpic medalists leading the field but Larry Coutermarsh of Fairbanks is the heart of this race.
Coutermarsh, 52, has raced in 26 of the 27 races. He is the oldest participant and only Alaskan in the race.