Tripod goes down

At 2:41 Alaska Standard time this afternoon history was made when the tripod on the Tanana River was toppled triggering an alarm.

The previous record for the tripod going down was the morning of May 20th, 1964 at 11:41.

The unusually cold and long winter had frozen the Tanana River to over 50 inches thick at one time and this in turn along with cool nights had helped hasten the ice from rotting, not allowing the tripod from collapsing and triggering the alarm.

According to Ice Classic officials there is only one ticket that will claim the prize of $318, 500. That winner has been notified and they are a couple from Kenai

The process to determine the winner came down to an intriguing formula.

Cherrie Forness with the Nenana Ice Classic explains:

We will go to the closest minute if no one guesses the actual time that the ice has gone out today if people have guessed each side of the actually winning time and no one has guessed that winning time then we will split the money equally between the two.

 

We will go to the closest minute if no one guesses the actual time that the ice has gone out today if people have guessed each side of the actually winning time and no one has guessed that winning time then we will split the money equally between the two.