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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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Congratulations to Mack Lincoln who was the lucky drawing winner in KYUK’s Bogus Creek 150 Champion Challenge. Lincoln’s name was entered into our drawing for guessing Shouviller Wassilie correctly as the 2014 Bogus Creek 150 champion. Mack will be receiving a 5 DVD set of K300 documentaries produced by KYUK, including footage of mushing greats Susan Butcher and Rick Swenson, the K300 25th Anniversary DVD, and more.

The Bogus Creek 150 concluded Saturday night with 9 of the mushers completing the race. Watch the first 4 finishers for the 2014 Bogus Creek 150.

Schouviller Wassilie, 47 of Akiachak, celebrates as he wins the 2014 Bogus Creek 150.  Photo by Chris Pike

Schouviller Wassilie, 47 of Akiachak, celebrates as he wins the 2014 Bogus Creek 150. Photo by Chris Pike

Akiachak musher Schouviller Wassilie is the winner of the 2014 Bogus Creek 150. Wassilie arrived in Bethel at 11:26 Saturday with nine dogs after outpacing Harry Alexie and Jackie Larson. He pumped a fist in the air upon securing the win.

“I’m really happy I won this race. Really happy. It’s my first time and it was my dream to win it,” said Wassilie.
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