K300

03122012k3001The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race has announced the first 17 mushers for next January’s race. Lance Mackey is back in Bethel as he begins his next comeback to the sport of mushing. Mackey, who’s best K300 finish is third place, has vowed to return until he wins  first place in the the world’s highest paying mid-distance race, and third highest paying annual race overall.

Repeat champions Martin and Rohn Buser are also in the field, along with 2011 champion Paul Gebhardt. DeeDee Jonrowe returns to the YK Delta, along with Joar Ulsom, Ken Anderson, Aaron Burmeister, and Tony Browning.
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2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win. Photo by Mike Martz/KYUK.

2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win.

The Kuskowkim 300 Sled Dog race is now a 12-dog event. The race committee decided this fall to lower the dog limit from 14 to 12.

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After months of dirt, ice, and bare ground, the recent snowfall means it’s time again for sled dog racing on the Y-K Delta. The K300 race manager is Zach Fansler.
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Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

The K300 banquet and awards ceremony took place in Bethel last night. Kristy Berington of Kasilof took home two prestigious awards. One was the “Humanitarian Award” for the good care she took of her dog team. She also received the “Sportsmanship Award” which is voted on by other mushers for helping to stop Mike William Sr.’s run-away dog team.
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Mike Williams Jr., 28 of Akiak, finished this years Kuskokwim 300 in 11th place.  Photo by Chris Pike

Mike Williams Jr., 28 of Akiak, finished this years Kuskokwim 300 in 11th place. Photo by Chris Pike

Mike Williams Junior arrived in Bethel in 11th place at about 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

Williams tells KYUK’s Sophie Evan that there was a lot of water and rough ice along the 300 mile trail.
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Pete Kaiser, 26 of Bethel, mushes his dogs towards the finish line of the Kuskokwim 300.  Photo by Chris Pike

Pete Kaiser, 26 of Bethel, mushes his dogs towards the finish line of the Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser earned his third Best in the West award by finishing eighth in this year’s Kuskokwim 300. He battled Fairbanks musher and seventh’s place finisher, Ken Anderson on the 50-mile trail from Tuluksak into Bethel.
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Rohn Buser, the 24 year old musher out of Big Lake, was able to add another championship title to his resume, coming in just minutes before defending champion Jeff King. This marks Buser’s second championship title for the season after recently taking first place in the Knik 200.

2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win.

2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win. Photo by Mike Martz

Rohn Buser has won his second Kuskokwim 300 title. He arrived in Bethel at 9:18 Sunday morning after a 50-mile run from the final checkpoint of Tuluksak. The 24-year-old Big Lake musher had previously won the 2012 race. Buser outlasted a chasing Jeff King to take the title in a close finish. King finished at 9:25, just seven minutes behind Buser. He was three minutes slower than Buser over the 50 miles into Bethel.
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Kuskokwim 300 GPS Tracker

by KYUK Staff on January 19, 2014

Mike Williams Jr.

Mike Williams Jr.

Mike Williams Junior left the Tuluksak checkpoint in the eleventh position in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with Williams early Sunday morning before he started on the trail for Bethel.
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