Running the dogs from Pete Kaiser’s dog yard, Bethel racer and Bogus 150 rookie Jen Peeks claimed first and a place in history by beating two time champion Lewis Pavila of Kwethluk by about 12 minutes to become the first woman to win the mid-distance sled dog race. Peeks crossed the finish line at 10:41:19am to claim the title. Reporter Angela Denning-Barnes waded into a boisterous crowd to get the finish line interview.
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Lewis Pavila said his team became exhausted trying to keep up with Peeks. He was trying to slow them and conserve their energy for their finish.
Jackie Larson dropped down from the K300 this year to run the Bogus 150. He says his third place finish is impressive, considering he’s running a crop of young dogs he hopes to turn into his future K300 team.