Pete Kaiser

Pete Kaiser(right) and Lucas Salzbrun(left) at the Denali Doubles musher banquet. Photo by Carrie Skinner.

Pete Kaiser (right) and Lucas Salzbrun (left) at the Denali Doubles musher banquet. Photo by Carrie Skinner.

Kuskokwim 300 Champion Pete Kaiser and Lucas Salzbrun, both of Bethel, won first place at the 2016 Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race in what was described as a photo finish. The pair crossed the finish Saturday morning at 7:55, followed a half-second later by second place winners Nicholas Petit and Emily Maxwell.
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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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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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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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2nd place Rohn Buser was fined for going off the race trail, as well has his father Martin Buser.

2nd place Rohn Buser was fined for going off the race trail, as well as his father Martin Buser.

The Kuskokwim 300 race committee is adding 10 minutes to the race times of mushers Martin and Rohn Buser and fining them 10 percent of their prize money for going off the main race trail near the end of the race. Their finishing positions will not change. The race says they gained an unfair competitive advantage by taking an unmarked trail through Church Slough.
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Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. - Photo by Chris Pike

Pete Kaiser at the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 finish with his lead dogs, Palmer and Rosie. – Photo by Chris Pike

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser is the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 champion. Kaiser and his team crossed the finish line in Bethel at 5:31 Sunday morning with a team of nine dogs in the 36th running of the race.
Kaiser is the first local musher in 29 years to win the race.

Rohn Buser had a seven-minute edge on Kaiser as they left the final four-hour layover at Tuluksak Sunday morning after midnight. Kaiser passed Buser on the way to Bethel.

Listen to the full finish line interview with Pete Kaiser.

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Bethel musher Pete Kaiser. Photo by KYUK

KYUK is profiling local mushers leading up to this year’s Kuskokwim 300. Bethel’s Pete Kaiser has been prepping for the Kuskokwim 300 in Nenana for the last two months, where he said he was able to have uninterrupted training.

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