New 100 Mile Challenge sled dog race to debut this month

by Ben Matheson on December 5, 2013

Local sled dog racers have a new 100-mile race to add to their calendar. The Kuskowim 300 is sponsoring the 100-mile Challenge from Bethel to Tuluksak and back. That will take place on Saturday, December 28th. The Holiday classic will be moved up December 21st.

Zach Fansler is the K300 race manager. He says the organization was approached by local mushers, including Pete Kaiser, about scheduling an early season race that was a bit longer than the classic.

“That could help them gear up and train and sort of get a longer run in for the K300 or Bogus Creek 150, depending on which race is being entered,” said Fansler.

The board made the call to bump the holiday classic up a week. He’s seeing some good interest as the date nears.

“We’re looking for a pretty strong sized field, we have a lot of team around here that we are going to try to come,” said Fansler.

Fansler is hearing from Kaiser kennels, Mike Williams in Akiak, along with, Max Olick, Lewis Pavilla, and Jackie Larson, among others. One part of building that field will be the purse. Each race boasts a $10,000 dollar purse.

“We’ve been very fortunate with the support of not just the community, but with our sponsors and mushers we are able to provide at least his year a very large purse for both the Holiday Classic and the 100 Mile Challenge.”

The Inaugural 100 Mile Challenge will be December 28th. The Holiday Classic will be on December 21st.

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