The front pack of K300 mushers left Kalskag after drying out clothes and sledbags during their first rest of the race at the 100 mile mark. KYUK’s Will Peterson reports that water on the river trail soaked the dogs and the mushers, making for a midrace slog. Mushers told Peterson that the trail was not marked well and that large amounts of water sat on the ice. Upon arrival, Paul Gebhardt bailed water out of his sled bag with a dog dish and Nathan Underwood said it was a “nightmare.”
“I needed a dirt bike for the first part of the race and a jet ski for the second,” said racer Rolland Trowbridge of his first 100 miles.
Paul Gebhardt was the first musher out of Kalskag at 7:30 Saturday morning. He was followed by Rohn Buser at 7:57, Martin Buser at 8:09, and Jeff King at 8:13. Gebhardt spent three hours and twenty minutes in the checkpoint, while the other three front teams took about four hours in Kalskag. Teams have the option this year to split up their six hours of discretionary rest in one hour increments in Kalskag or Aniak.
Pete Kaiser, Mike Williams Junior, and Richie Diehl arrived closed together in between 4:49 and 4:53. All three teams were still resting in the checkpoint at 9:30 Saturday morning.