Joar Ulsom earns fifth place in Kuskokwim 300, top 10 begin to roll in

by Ben Matheson on January 19, 2014

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.

He tells Angela Denning-Barnes at the finish that the conditions made for a tough Kusko.

“It was a challenge this year with all the water and ice, but we did ok,” said Ulsom.

Ulsom says his team is comprised of five and six year olds with some three year olds. That team will enter Iditarod 2014.

Big Lake musher Jake Berkowitz arrived in sixth place at 11:18 with all 14 dogs.

Jake Berkowtiz prepares to enter the chute on the way to a 6th place finish with all 14 dogs in his team in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

Jake Berkowitz prepares to enter the chute on the way to a 6th place finish with all 14 dogs in his team in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

“We train hard and race responsibly,” said Berkowitz. “You can get them all to the finish line if you’re lucky.”

Seventh and eight place go to Ken Anderson and Pete Kaiser, the winner of this year’s Best in the West award.

2010 John Baker arrived in Bethel in ninth place. He finished with ten dogs at 1:30 Sunday afternoon.

In tenth place was Nenana’s Tony Browning arriving at 2:14. He’s currently teamed up with Iditarod racer Aaron Burmeiester. He finished with five dogs in harness. He said the wet trail was taxing on his team.

“We swam all the way up and most of the way back.. and then there were moguls most of the rest of the way,” said Browning.

Browning plans to complete the Tustumena 200 and Kobuk 440 yet this season. He says he’s back for the K300 for sure.

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