K300

Richie Diehl mushes towards the finish line of the 2016 K300.  Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

Richie Diehl mushes towards the finish line of the 2016 K300. Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is changing leadership. Bethel Native Madelene Reichard is taking over as the new race manager starting April 1.

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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.

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Committee has once again raised its purse, maintaining the race’s money pot as the second highest in the state for sled dog racing behind the Iditarod.

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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 →

Kristin Baker credits her 2016 K300 Red Lantern finish to her leader, Felon. Photo by Jacki Klejka.

Kristin Baker credits her 2016 K300 Red Lantern finish to her leader, Felon. Photo by Jacki Klejka.

Kristin Bacon of Big Lake is this year’s Kuskokwim 300 Red Lantern winner. The last finisher in this year’s icy sled dog race, Bacon Crossed the finish line Monday at 8:40 AM with an elapsed time of 62 hours and 10 minutes.

“I must have seen 5 different kinds of terrain on the race that I had never imagined a dog sled being in,” said Bacon as she nursed an injured foot at a host house in Bethel. “Sand crossings, gravel, glare ice, over flow and tussak jumping.”
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Brent Sass is congratulated by spectators at the end of the 2016 K300.  Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK.

Brent Sass is congratulated by spectators at the end of the 2016 K300. Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK.

Brent Sass and the Wild and Free team pulled into the finish line on the frozen river ice of the Kuskokwim River to claim 2nd place, and a $17,000 payday.

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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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Brent Sass (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Brent Sass (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Brent Sass has placed second in the Kuskokwim 300. Joar Lieseth Ulsom claims third.

This is Sass’ second year competing. Last year he won Rookie of the Year.

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Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushing dogs. (Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Kuksokwim 300 mushers are in the final stretch of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. Facing various injuries, and on icy trails, mushers have passed the Tuluksak checkpoint and are racing toward the finish line in Bethel.

KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur interviewed the mushers before they took off for the final 50-mile stretch.
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Greg Larson of Napaskiak poses with his lead dogs at the finish line after he won the 2016 Akiak Dash sled dog race.  Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

Greg Larson of Napaskiak poses with his lead dogs at the finish line after he won the 2016 Akiak Dash sled dog race. Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK

Greg Larson, 43, of Nabaskiak has won the Akiak Dash, racing across the finish line at 8:24 Saturday evening. The Dash is the shortest of three race during the Kuskokwim 300. Larson last won the Dash in 2004, and is the cousin of Jackie Larson. Jackie won the Bogus Creek 150 earlier today.
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