Mushers recognized at awards ceremony

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 21, 2014

Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

Kristy Berington, 29, Kasilof

The K300 banquet and awards ceremony took place in Bethel last night. Kristy Berington of Kasilof took home two prestigious awards. One was the “Humanitarian Award” for the good care she took of her dog team. She also received the “Sportsmanship Award” which is voted on by other mushers for helping to stop Mike William Sr.’s run-away dog team.

Pete Kaiser of Bethel was presented with “The Best in The West” award for having the best finish of mushers in the region.

Steven Olive of Bethel took the “Rookie of the Year” award for having the best finish out of the first time racers.

Rolland Trowbridge of Nome took the “Red Lantern” for being the last musher in. He also bought a 7-month-old pup of Jeff King’s that was auctioned off for $1,900 with proceeds going to the K300.

In the Bogus Creek 150, Joan Klejka of Bethel took three awards: the “Rookie of the Year” award, the “Sportsmanship Award”, and the “Red Lantern”.

Susan Taylor of Bethel won the $50,000 raffle prize.

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