$50,000 K300 raffle winner announced

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 22, 2013

Isaac Underwood, 32, of Aniak received the 2013 K300 Sportsmanship Award.

Various awards were handed out at Monday night’s K300 musher’s banquet and awards ceremony. The racing organization announced Sandra Allen of Bethel as the winner of their $50,000 raffle. She was not present at the event, but they called and put her on speaker phone so the audience could hear her.

She asked, “Are you serious?” over the loud speaker and sounded very excited.

Allen spoke to KYUK’s Trim Nick about her winning ticket.

Allen: “I was shocked. I’m still shocked now. It’s unbelievable. I’m speechless.”
Trim: “This is kind of personal, but what are you going to spend it on?”
Allen: “Just some things for home and what we need and other things.”
Trim: “How many tickets did you buy?”
Allen: “Five, a book, that’s it.”

Also at the ceremony, third place K300 finisher Pete Kaiser of Bethel took home the Best in the West Award for being the best finisher from the region. It earned him two tickets on Alaska Airlines.

Tony Browning of Nenana, who finished second place, took home the Humanitarian Award for the special care he showed his dog team. For that award, he received a special bowl and two tickets on Alaska Airlines.

Isaac Underwood of Aniak, who finished 17th, took home the Sportsmanship Award for helping other mushers around the White Fish Lake loop when there was a ground blizzard. The award is voted on by other mushers in the race.

Third place Bogus Creek 150 finisher, Steve Olive of Bethel, received accolades for giving another musher special assistance on the trail. Olive helped John George when he lost his team by giving him a ride in his sled to the Tuluksak checkpoint.

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