Like father, like son: Rohn Buser wins K300

by Mark Arehart on January 22, 2012

Rohn Buser is all smiles with his lead dogs Goose and Quick at the K300 finish line after winning it for the first time in his third running. Photo by Mike Martz

Rohn Buser, of Big Lake, has won the 2012 Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. Rohn’s father, Martin Buser, is a two-time K300 champion, winning in 1994 and 2007.

The 2012 race was all Rohn, though, who started out in 4th place and moved into the top spot after the Aniak checkpoint about halfway into the race. He never let go of his lead, crossing the start/finish line in Bethel at 11:42 am.

In the 33rd running of the K300, Buser completing the race in 41:12:02. That marks the 14th fastest running.

Buser said he relied on five or six veteran race dogs to get through the tough weather which included -50 degree wind chills.

“This was definitely the windiest one I’ve done,” Buser said.

He said he saw a lot of wind drifts along the trail as well.

“I saw a few other teams, I tried to stay ahead of them,” Buser said with a chuckle at the finish line as a crowd of spectators cheered and hollered.

Buser and his father make the first winning father-son tandem in K300 history.

Listen to the Rohn Buser finish line interview with Angela Denning-Barnes:

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Before the race Martin Buser said he and Rohn split the team up pretty evenly, but the elder Buser seemed to believe he got the better end of the deal:

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Meanwhile second place finisher John Baker of Kotzebue said his team was strong enough to win, but several small errors may have cost him the championship:

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