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Bogus Creek 150 Musher's Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Bogus Creek 150 Musher’s Meeting. (Photo by Chris Pike.)

Eight mushers and their teams will dash out of the chute today for the Bogus Creek 150. The teams will travel about a half-mile before taking a sharp turn and swerving off the river to start a 50-mile overland trail to the Tuluksak checkpoint where the trail will reconnect with the Kuskokwim River.

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Brent Sass is competing in the K300 for the second time this year. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Brent Sass is competing in the K300 for the second time this year. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

The Kuskokwim 300 is a nearly 300-mile race that takes place on the icy Kuskokwim River every year.  

Brent Sass, dog musher and former Yukon Quest champion.

“We’re still sort of in the grieving process of that,” Sass said. “As everyone knows my start dog, and arguably my best dog died a couple of days ago. That’s been a big blow–Basin–missing him, and I don’t really know how me or my team will react to that.”
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Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher's Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Mushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher’s Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)

Twenty-five mushers, some local, some international–but all prepared to race this evening along icy river trails—are in Bethel for the Kuskokwim 300. The race starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s the longest of three races that’ll take place over the weekend. 

Videos: Pre Race Interviews with defending champion Pete Kaiser and K300 rookie Brenda Mackey

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20151027_ Bethel city council Zack Fansler _Photo by KYUK staff_008The annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is this weekend in Bethel along with its two sister races the Bogus Creek 150 and the 65-mile Akiak Dash.

The K300 race committee has decided to move the first 50 miles of the race route from the Kuskokwim to overland trails because of ice on the river. The change has the committee considering whether or not to postpone the Akiak Dash. Race manager, Zach Fansler, says they should have their decision by tonight. He sat down with KYUK’s former news director, Angela Denning, to talk about the details of this year’s event.

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You can hear K300, Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash coverage live on KYUK. There will be live Start Line and Finish Line coverage, as well as live trail and checkpoint updates every hour, at six minutes past the top of the hour.

 

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Photo courtesy of The Kuskokwim 300 on Twitter.

Friday, January 15
4:40 P.M. - Bogus Creek 150: Pre-race coverage Live from the starting line
5:00-5:20 P.M. - Bogus Creek 150: Live Race Start coverage
6:15 P.M. - Kuskokwim 300: Pre-race coverage Live from the starting line
6:30 – 7:30 P.M. - Kuskokwim 300: Live Race Start coverage
9:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. (Sat.) – Live Trail Updates at six minutes past the top of every hour
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With nine wins, Jeff King is the most decorated K300 champion in the history of the race.

With nine wins, Jeff King is the most decorated K300 champion in the history of the race.

This year’s field for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is the biggest in recent history with over 30 competitors already signed up. Nine-time K300 Champion Jeff King of Denali Park, Alaska is the musher that has won Alaska’s premier mid-distance sled dog race more than any other musher, most recently winning in 2013.

After coming in third place last year, King says he’s considering a different strategy.

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Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

Rohn Buser came in second place in the 2015 K300.

This year’s field for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled dog race is the biggest in recent history with over 30 competitors already signed up. One of the racers is 25-year-old Rohn Buser from Big Lake, Alaska. Buser is preparing for his 6th appearance at K300, Alaska’s premier mid-distance sled dog race.

This year, Buser said he hopes to finish on a better note than last year.

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Kuskokwim 300 Logo. (Courtesy of Kuskokwim 300)

Kuskokwim 300 Logo. (Courtesy of Kuskokwim 300)

The Kuskokwim 300 Race committee is set to meet with local mushers tonight at 7 in Bethel to discuss concerns, and to update mushers about the current trail conditions.
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Kuskokwim 300 logo. Photo courtesy of K300.

Kuskokwim 300 logo. Photo courtesy of K300.

The Kuskokwim 300 announced over the weekend, that the 100-mile challenge dog sled race was postponed due to the weather and musher interest according to organizers.
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