Martin Buser first into Tuluksak, tight pack heads upriver
Martin Buser snacks his team in Tuluksak / photo by Ben Matheson
Martin Buser passed 21 teams to arrive first into Tuluksak, the first checkpoint in the 2014 Kuskokwim 300. He left Bethel 22nd, but made fast time and checked in on the Tuluksak river at 11:22. He was followed four minutes later by Paul Gebhardt and Buser’s son Rohn. The younger Buser was first out of the checkpoint on 11:27. He was followed by defending champion Jeff King and Martin Buser at 11:29.
The front pack is extremely tight after 50 miles on the trail: five teams left Tuluksak within a six minute period: Buser, King, Buser, Katherine Keith, and Paul Gebhardt. The 2011 champion had to deal with a broken sled, but he was able to quickly work and be back on the trail within seven minutes.
Akiak’s Mike Williams Junior led the western Alaska contingent by arriving 7th into Tuluksak. The trail rejoins the traditional river trail after Tuluksak and heads towards Kalskag.