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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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Cim Smyth mushes down the Kuskokwim River on the way to a 3rd place place finish in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300.  Photo by Chris Pike

Cim Smyth mushes down the Kuskokwim River on the way to a 3rd place place finish in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

Cim Smyth made up a six minute gap to pass 2011 champion Paul Gebhardt in the final 12 miles of the race. Smyth arrived in Bethel at 10:55 Sunday morning to receive third place.
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Joar Ulsom celebrates his 5th place finish in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300.  Photo by Chris Pike

Joar Ulsom celebrates his 5th place finish in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

Joar Ulsom improved on his rookie 7th place run to earn a fifth place finish in the year’s Kuskokwim 300. He arrived in Bethel at 11:09 Sunday with seven dogs.
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Richie Diehl left the Tuluksak checkpoint in the fifteenth position in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with Diehl early Sunday morning before he started on the trail for Bethel.

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Pete Kaiser left the Tuluksak checkpoint in the seventh position in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with Kaiser early Sunday morning before he started on the trail for Bethel.

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Just four minutes separated 2012 Kuskwkwim 300 champion Rohn Buser from the man who’s won it nine times: Jeff King. The two left Tuluksak at 4:16 and 4:20 respectively after completing their final mandatory layover. Both mushers dropped a dog for the final sprint in.
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Jeff King is chasing Rohn Buser into Bethel during the final stretch of the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. KYUK’s Ben Matheon spoke with Buser and King in Tuluksak during their mandatory four-hour layover.

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IMG_2863Rohn Buser arrived in Tuluksak four minutes before Jeff King early Sunday morning. Buser was in at 12:16 with 11 dogs. King arrived at 12:20 with 13 dogs, one of them in his trailer. He plans to drop one in Tuluksak.
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Jeff King left Kalskag with a 13 minute edge on Rohn Buser, but ran into an area of poorly marked trail and was unable to find the correct route. In that time, Rohn Buser, whose team was also confused by the lack of markers coming out of the Kalskag checkpoint, was able to grab an approximate 10 minute lead.
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Jeff King was the first musher to leave Kalskag heading towards Tuluksak.

Jeff King was the first musher to leave Kalskag heading towards Tuluksak.

Rohn Buser is expected to be the second musher to leave Kalskag and head towards Tuluksak.

Rohn Buser is expected to be the second musher to leave Kalskag and head towards Tuluksak.

Paul Gebhardt appears to be in third place as the first mushers depart Kalskag towards Tuluksak.

Paul Gebhardt appears to be in third place as the first mushers depart Kalskag towards Tuluksak.

Three past champions left Aniak within about 20 minutes of each other as the race advances downriver and mushers finish their mandatory rest hours. 2013 champion Jeff King was the first out at 2:36, followed four minutes later by Rohn Buser. Paul Gebhardt was out 17 minute minutes later. Both King and Buser rested four hours in Kalskag and one in Aniak. Gebhardt split his five hours of rest between three hours at Kalskag and two in Aniak.
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