King leaves Tuluksak with sizable lead

by Mark Arehart on January 19, 2013

Jeff King is well on his way to winning his 9th Kuksokwim 300. The 56-year-old from Denali Park has been building a seemingly insurmountable lead since the halfway point in the race.

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King was the first musher to arrive in Tuluksak, the last checkpoint in the race. He was a full hour and three minutes ahead of Tony Browning. Browning was closely followed by defending K300 Champion Rohn Buser, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser and 2011 K300 Champion Paul Gebhardt.

All teams are required to take a four-hour break at the Tuluksak School. Most load up on food and get what little sleep they can after tending to their teams. The buzz in the room is, barring some catastrophe, that King has too big of a lead for anyone to catch up.

That leaves Tony Browning, Rohn Buser, Pete Kaiser and Paul Gebhardt to battle it out for second place.

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