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Pete Kaiser Earns Top Ten Iditarod Finish

Mar 15, 2017

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser after claiming his second consecutive Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race victory in 2016.
Credit Chris Pike / KYUK

Bethel's own Pete Kaiser crossed under the burled arch in Nome this morning, coming in ninth in the 2017 Iditarod a bit behind Two Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle. The two left White Mountain within minutes of each other and traded the lead back and forth. First Pete was in front; then Aliy. They mushed so close together that at times they almost ran into each other. Zirkle said she wanted to put glow tape on Pete so she could keep track of him. 

Zirkle ended up in front of Kaiser by about a mile. When Kaiser arrived in Nome, he spoke with KNOM reporters just after checking in with Iditarod race officials. Kaiser completed the 2017 Iditarod in 8 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes, and 39 seconds.