For the first time, the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is limiting the number of mushers who can compete in the premier Western Alaska event. Thirty mushers will be allowed to race the frozen Kuskokwim next year; this year 20 mushers competed.
A press release from the race committee says they want to “make sure that we are fostering a competitive field of mushers, while not putting a strain on our community, volunteers, and resources.”
The race committee will decide details on wait lists and replacement mushers at its fall meeting. Sign ups for the 2018 K300 begin October 1.