The K300’s first mid-distance races of the season will take place the next two weekends in Bethel. The annual Holiday Classic and the first running of the 100 Mile Challenge will take place Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 respectively and each will have a $10,000 purse. The Classic will start Saturday at 11 a.m. It will run between 45 and 50 miles in length and will have an eight-dog limit. Race organizers are marking the trail right now and will announce a starting location soon.
Zach Fansler, K300 race manager, says they know the race route will go across the tundra due bad ice conditions on the river.
“Some of the teams have not been able to get that much time on their sleds so we wanted to make sure we weren’t going right onto the hard ice or anything like that for teams,” Fansler says, “and to make sure it’s a little bit slower and safer for not only our dogs but also our mushers.”
Mushers can enter the race with a K300 race mile. That costs $100 dollars, which mushers can use to enter into any of the K300 races this season.
“We’re looking to have a good sized field for this and we’re excited to have a lot of mushers to come out and sort of kick off the mushing season this Saturday,” Fansler says.
Stay tuned to KYUK news for more details on the first annual 100 Mile Challenge.