The Kuskokwim 300 has been steadily heating up since the first team rolled off the line Friday evening. Many teams have made the loop around Akaik and Whitefish Lake into the Lower Kalskag checkpoint.
Rohn Buser came in first, but defending K300 champion Paul Gebhardt was right on his heels. Buser then rested his team for about an hour, but Gebhardt snuck out first after resting his dogs for just 50 minutes.
John Baker came into the checkpoint third. He stayed only 25 minutes and is currently chasing Buser and Gebhardt toward the Bogus Creek checkpoint.
Lance Mackey came in just after the three leaders, but was forced to stay longer due to his dogs not eating well. He left after a tense 90 minutes in Lower Kalskag.
Aaron Burmeister, who had been going at moderate pace, seemed to fly through Lower Kalskag, jumping from 13th to 5th in a flash.
13 of the 16 mushers are within two hours of each other, making for an exciting last half of the race.
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