The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has decided to postpone the 65-mile Akiak Dash that was scheduled to start Friday, Jan. 17. The decision was made, in part, because the race trail this year follows the tundra and does not go to Akiak. A makeup date for the Akiak Dash will be announced at a later date.
The K300 race and the Bogus Creek 150 will run as scheduled, both starting Friday evening. The Bogus Creek 150 will take place at 5:00 PM and the K300 will start at 6:30 p.m.
The race trail is changing this year because of adverse conditions on the river near Bethel.
The K300 and Bogus Creek races will start on the river in front of Bethel but will immediately leave the river and travel cross country to the Gweek River. The trail will then travel behind Akiachak to Tuluksak on the tundra. From that point the trail will follow the traditional route to Kalskag and Aniak. There will be no check point at Akiachak.
Trails crews report the overland trail is at the minimum satisfactory in places and very good in other places. Once the teams approach Tuluksak, the snow is deeper and conditions are much better from there upriver. A Friday snow machine traveler reported the trail near Kalskag was beautiful.
KYUK will have more details about the new race trail in newscasts Tuesday.