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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.

Martin Buser at K300 Mushers Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Martin Buser at the 2016 K300 Mushers Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Martin Buser has been dropped to last place and without prize money for this year’s Kuskokwim 300. The race committee announced the decision after reviewing evidence of Buser committing two penalties: leaving the trail and receiving help feeding his dogs. But, Buser tells a different story. Read more →

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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Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, placed 14th at the 2014 Iditarod finish line in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. - - Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennels

Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, in Nome on Thursday, March 19th. -Photo Courtesy of John Wallace and Kaiser Racing Kennel

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser was 14th to cross the  finish line of the 2015 Iditarod in Nome, Thursday, March 19, at 1:44 a.m. Aniak’s Richie Diehl placed 23rd, crossing the finish at 9:26 a.m. Kaiser said it was a windy and frustrating race.
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A mere second separated first and second place in Ron Egoak Memorial Sled Dog Race. The 2-day race was held Friday and Saturday on the river at Bethel. It’s a 13 mile race route and the shortest Bethel race of the season.

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