Kaiser wins Kobuk 440

by Angela Denning-Barnes on April 18, 2011

Pete Kaiser, 23 of Bethel, won the Kobuk 440 sled dog race. He crossed the finish line in Kotzebue at 9:50 a.m. Sunday with 9 dogs in harness, having dropped 3 earlier in the race.

It was Kaiser’s 3rd attempt at the 440 mile race. He took third place in both 2010 and 2009.

Arctic Sounder reporter, Alex Demarban, caught up with Kaiser on the race trail:

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Eighteen teams started the race and 15 finished. Ken Anderson of Fairbanks took second place, finishing about one hour behind Kaiser. And although hometown favorite, John Baker (who won the Iditarod) didn’t race the Kobuk, his handler did, and she took third. That’s Cindy Barrand.

Before the Kobuk 440, Kaiser had already had a successful mushing season taking 3rd place in the K300 and 8th in the Iditarod.

Proud Father, Ron Kaiser, was at the finish line in Kotzebue. He’s also a musher and told Kotzebue’s KOTZ reporter, Susan Bucknell, that Pete has been working hard to get to the front of the pack:

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Richie Diehl, 25 of Aniak, also raced in the Kobuk 440. He scratched Sunday night outside of the Noorvik checkpoint.

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