kuskokwim 300

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Two sled dog races are happening this weekend in Bethel: on Feb. 13th the February 50, sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300, and on Feb. 14th a 50-mile sprint, sponsored by the Bethel Sprint Club. The race routes are identical, starting and ending at the barge near the mouth of the Small Boat Harbor and following the K300 trail. Teams are limited to eight dogs and purses total $12,300. The races begin at 11 a.m.

One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

One of the Bogus Creek 150 mushing dogs before the start. Photo by Chris Pike.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has postponed the February 50 sled dog race scheduled for this Saturday due to rough and icy trail conditions and inclement weather forecasts.
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Pete Kaiser of Bethel claims his second consecutive K300 victory. Photo by Chris Pike/KYUK.

Pete Kaiser of Bethel claims his second consecutive K300 victory. Photo by Chris Pike/KYUK.

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser wins the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race for the second year in a row. Last year he became the first local musher to win the race in 29 years. Today at 11:05 a.m. he joined Myron Angstman, the competition’s founder, as the only other Bethel local to win the premier mid-distance race twice.

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Brenda Mackey (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Brenda Mackey (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Veteran musher and Kuskokwim 300 rookie Brenda Mackey has scratched from the race due a cornea abrasion. Many mushers passing through the Kalskag checkpoint told KYUK this year’s trail was proving harsh with icy terrain and high winds. Read more →

National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

National Guard members resting at the Tuluksak checkpoint inside the Tuluksak school. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)

Throughout the night and into the early morning, dozens of cameo clad men spread across the frozen Tuluksak checkpoint. When a headlamp appeared in the distance, they sprang into action. Read more →

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2016 Kuskokwim 300 race start. (Photo by Dean Swope/ KYUK)

Over half the K300 mushers have passed through the Aniak checkpoint, passing the race’s halfway point. According to the K300 live gps tracking, Brent Sass is leading the competition in first position, followed 14 miles behind by last year’s champion Pete Kaiser. Read more →

Akiak Dash Start- 2013. Photo by Chris Pike/KYUK.

Akiak Dash Start- 2013. Photo by Chris Pike/KYUK.

Eleven Mushers from across the Kuskokwim have signed up to compete in the Akiak Dash. The Dash is the shortest race out of three throughout Kuskokwim 300 weekend, but at $15,000 it boasts a big sprint race purse.
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Start of the 2016 Bogus Creek. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Start of the 2016 Bogus Creek. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Bogus Creek 150 has begun, as three rookies and five veteran mushers compete for the first place prize of $6,300.

Participants will take a sharp turn off the river after the first mile, then begin a 50-mile trail on the tundra toward the Tuluksak checkpoint. Afterward, they’ll head 25 miles up to Bogus Creek and then back.

But for this year’s trail, there will only be two checkpoints, instead of three.
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Bogus Creek 150 Musher's Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Bogus Creek 150 Musher’s Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Eight mushers and their teams will dash out of the chute today for the Bogus Creek 150. The teams will travel about a half-mile before taking a sharp turn and swerving off the river to start a 50-mile overland trail to the Tuluksak checkpoint where the trail will reconnect with the Kuskokwim River.

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Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher's Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher’s Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Twenty-five mushers, some local, some international–but all prepared to race this evening along icy river trails—are in Bethel for the Kuskokwim 300. The race starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s the longest of three races that’ll take place over the weekend. 

Videos: Pre Race Interviews with defending champion Pete Kaiser and K300 rookie Brenda Mackey

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