Pete Kaiser works with his team in Tuluksak. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.
Seven minutes separate Pete Kaiser and Rohn Buser with 50 miles left to run in the 2015 Kuskokwim 300. Kaiser will leave at 12:38 a.m. as he attempts to overtake defending champion Buser, who leaves at 12:31 a.m. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with Kaiser in Tuluksak as he prepared for his push into Bethel.
Johnnie Evan wins his third Akiak Dash Title in this year’s running. Photo Chris Pike/KYUK
Johnnie Qaluvialler Evan of Tuntutuliak won the Akiak Dash in Bethel Saturday evening. Evan topped thirteen other teams competing in the region’s premier sprint race by maintaining a steady lead for the duration of the 65-mile course that runs from Bethel to Akiak and back . Read more →
Jackie Larson won his second Bogus Creek 150 Saturday morning, crossing the finish line in Bethel at 10:54 a.m. with eight dogs. Led by Bessie and Lightening, the Napaskiak musher beat out Lewis Pavilla running the team from Max Olick’s Bad River Kennel.
The start of the 2015 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race and Bogus Creek 150 was notable this year as race officials asked race fans to keep their vehicles off the river because of concerns the combined weight could pose a danger on the thin river ice. Soon after the start racers endured rain most of their trip up to the Bogus Creek checkpoint.
Pete Kaiser, 27, of Bethel has come close to winning the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, finishing third place a couple of times. He’s also run the Iditarod several times finishing in the top ten twice. Because of the icy conditions this season, he decided to spend two months in the Interior to put miles on the dogs where there was some snow. Going into the K300 this weekend, he says that was the right decision for his team.
Defending Kuskokwim 300 champion Rohn Buser, age 25 of Big Lake, believes his dogs are even better than his winning team last year. The two-time champion says he’s here to win and his dogs are ready for the ice trail ahead.
Brent Sass, 35, of Eureka, Alaska has competed in the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest and is a repeat winner of the Gin Gin 200 but this will be his first K300. He says he knows the conditions will be challenging but the time is right to test out his young team.
Lance Mackey, 44, of Fairbanks is one of the most accomplished mushers in the sport. He is the only musher to win four consecutive Iditarods. He’s also won the Yukon Quest four times. He is now attempting his fourth K300. He last ran it in 2012 when he finished fifth. After a few years of rebuilding his kennel he has three teams in the race this year.