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The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The K300 2016 purse will be the largest on record. KYUK file photo.

The Kuskokwim 300 purse will reach a record-breaking $130,000 for the 2016 race.

The Bogus Creek 150 will pay out $30,000 dollars, and the Akiak Dash will offer at least $15,000. K300 race manager Zach Fansler adds that they will increase the purse for the season’s other local races. Read more →

Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers will race Iditarod 44. Logo courtesy Iditarod.

Three Y-K Delta mushers are signed up for Iditarod 2016.

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak, is back for the race to Nome after a one year break. He’s joined by Bethel’s Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl of Aniak. Former Bethel resident Tom Jamgochian, who currently lives in Nome, will race his first Iditarod. Read more →

K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

K300 Logo. Courtesy of K300

Kwethluk’s Cukayuk Olick won the 2015 Camp Out sled dog race Sunday and took home the $2,000 winners’ prize. 10 teams traveled upriver from Bethel to the Gweek River Saturday, camped out, and raced back 45 miles on the Kuskokwim river Sunday morning.
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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

The Iditarod starts Saturday with a ceremonial run through Anchorage and a restart on Monday in Fairbanks. Extremely low snow conditions forced the race to change to a more northerly route. Bethel’s Pete Kaiser is one of two Yukon Kuskokwim Delta competitors among the 78-musher field racing this year to Nome.
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Lance Mackey was one of the feautred mushers in LKSD's eJournalism video projects. Image courtesy LKSD.

LKSD eJournalism screenshot.

Students from all over the YK Delta produced several videos about the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. KYUK provided a few pointers to the students at the start of their eJournalism intensive. The intensive course is aimed at training and preparing students for careers in media and information technologies.

Check out their projects below.

K300: Start to Finish

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Humanitarian Award winner Kristin Bacon. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Humanitarian Award winner Kristin Bacon. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Musher Kristin Bacon won the humanitarian award for excellent dog care during the Kuskokwim 300. The race presented the award during the banquet Monday night. She ran a team of mostly Jeff King’s dogs in her first Kuskokwim 300.

Rookie of the year went to Raelyn Shover, who ran one of three teams from Lance Mackey’s kennel. She finished in 16th place.

2015 Kuskokwim 300 winner Pete Kaiser of Bethel, the first local musher to win in 29 years, received a standing ovation. He thanked family, friends, and the entire YK Delta region for years of support.
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Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

The Kuskokwim 300 race committee has made a decision about Martin and Rohn Buser going off the main race trail. What that decision was remained confidential at the well-attended race banquet Monday evening.

Race manager Zach Fansler said race the committee came to a consensus and decided to assess penalties which he did not name. However, the race times announced at the banquet for the father and son mushers were 10 minutes longer than their posted times.

Both Rohn Buser and Martin Buser drove their teams on Church Slough back to Bethel, veering off the race trail that follows the Kuskokwim river. Locals say the route is  slightly shorter.
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Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson  / KYUK.

Jonrowe thanks her team at the finish of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

With the arrival of the final musher, veteran Dee Dee Johnrowe, all of the Kuskowkim 300 mushers are safely off the trail.

Jonrowe came into Bethel at 1:24 Monday morning with a team of 6 dogs. She was moving slowly on the trail from Tuluksak and spent time parked on the ice outside of Kwethluk. Jonrowe thanked each of her young dogs in the chute and said she was glad to be back in Bethel.
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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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