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Jackie Larson with one of his dogs at the Bogus Creek 150 finish line in Bethel.

Jackie Larson with dog. – Photo by Chris Pike

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.

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Akiak Dash Mass Start

by Daysha Eaton on January 17, 2015

Lewis Pavilla, Jackie Larson, John George, and Ron Kaiser are the first four Bogus Creek 150 mushers through Tuluksak Saturday morning. At 4:56 a.m.

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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.

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Musher Lance Mackey files paperwork with K300 Race Manager, Zack Fansler Thursday. - Photo by Dean Swope

Musher Lance Mackey files paperwork with K300 Race Manager, Zack Fansler Thursday. – Photo by Dean Swope

25 mushers are set to race from Bethel to Aniak and back in the 36th running of the Kuskokwim 300. After a couple winter warmups, and little snow, this year’s trail follows the truck road on the river almost exclusively to Aniak and back, cutting out the loop near Whitefish Lake.

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