Pete Kaiser is Best in the West

by Ben Matheson on January 19, 2014

Pete Kaiser, 26 of Bethel, mushes his dogs towards the finish line of the Kuskokwim 300.  Photo by Chris Pike

Pete Kaiser, 26 of Bethel, mushes his dogs towards the finish line of the Kuskokwim 300. Photo by Chris Pike

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser earned his third Best in the West award by finishing eighth in this year’s Kuskokwim 300. He battled Fairbanks musher and seventh’s place finisher, Ken Anderson on the 50-mile trail from Tuluksak into Bethel.

Anderson ultimately passed Kaiser over the last couple miles, finishing at about 12:51. Kaiser finished eighth at 12:56.

“That was a tough one. Everything: the trail, the weather,” said Kaiser.

Kaiser ran with four two-year-olds in the team, and some other untried dogs. He said he was proud of their performance across the trying 300 miles of water and ice. He said the warm weather was easy on the mushers, but certainly hard on the dogs.

Anderson says that at one point Kasier was pulling away, but Anderson has trained his dogs to finish strong and accelerate at the end of races.

“The dogs did really well, said Anderson. “They finished just awesome.”

Anderson is registered for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. Kaiser will race Iditarod 2014.

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