By Logan Stolpe, Extreme Alaska
It’s older than the Iditarod.
This Alaskan tradition has been around since 1917 and Nenana residents are organizing guesses in anticipation for the ice to start moving.
The goal is to guess what time the melting of the Tanana river will move the 26-foot black and white tripod down river 100 feet to trip the timer and set the siren screaming. “It’s like a nuclear alarm, it’ll wake you up,” said Leon McElroy, who was sorting tickets at the Nenana Ice Classic headquarters.
The last ice thickness check at the tripod was April 15 with 50.3 inches still covering the river. Check out ice thickness updates and the tripod web cam on the Nenana Ice Classic website.