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Meet This Year's Bogus 150 Mushers

Jan 19, 2018
Dean Swope / KYUK


James Barker

Without musher Rudy Demoski, the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race might not exist. On Thursday, Demoski died at age 72, leaving behind a legacy of mushing that outlives him.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Despite warm weather, open holes, and a new trail, the 39th annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is set to begin this evening.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Race preparations are in full swing as Bethel prepares for its biggest annual event: the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Mushers are arriving, race veterinarians are checking dog teams and clearing them to compete, and Yute Commuter Services is flying musher food drops to checkpoints. KYUK talked with K300 Race Manager Madeline Reichard on Thursday to get the latest on the race.


James Barker

In nearly four decades of competing, K300 mushers have endured everything from brutal cold and bare tundra to hard ice and heavy overflow. But this year, Bethel is experiencing its warmest winter ever - so warm that officials have had to contract and repeat the route to avoid open water. Even so, race officials say that this year doesn't rank especially high in a long history of adverse weather. 


National Weather Service

This winter’s record warm weather and open water led the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race to announce a major route change. Now, a day ahead of the race, temperatures are about to drop to the coldest the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has seen this winter.


Update:

  • The K300 and Bogus 150 races will start and finish on the Charles Family Lake, located to the west of H-Marker Lake. Fireworks will follow at 8 p.m. in the Bethel Donut Hole, located between H-Marker Lake and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center.
  • The Akiak Dash has been rescheduled to January 27 at 11 a.m.
  • The Bethel race checkpoint is located at Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat School.

For the first time, the K300 race will run two laps to its halfway point and back to complete the 300-mile course.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race has taken an unprecedented turn. For the first time, the race will run two laps to its halfway point and back because of warm weather and open water. Local mushers agree that it’s the safest way to run the race, but say that it could present some challenges. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

The situation is becoming all too familiar. The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is a week away and the trail is not looking good. This year there is little snow, and the ice is thin and perforated with open holes. But poor conditions have never stopped a race, and the K300 Race Committee is looking at how to stake out a safe trail this year. KYUK talked with Race Manager Madelene Reichard about where those plans are now.


The Bethel Warriors at last season's March Madness State Championships. The team narrowly lost to the Homer Mariners yesterday afternoon.
Greg Lincoln/Delta Discovery

The Bethel Warriors lost to the Homer Mariners yesterday afternoon.

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