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Katie Basile / KYUK

Lewis Pavilla is the first four-time winner of the Bogus Creek 150. In the closing portion of the race, he passed rookie Maurice Andrews, who had held the race lead up until the final checkpoint of Tuluksak. Running a string of dogs from the Max Olick Bad River Kennel in Kwethluk, Pavilla arrived in Bethel at 11:07 a.m. Saturday morning. He told KYUK he was in good spirits with the victory, despite the deep cold that set the tone for the race. 

“It feels good, a little frostbitten all over my face. I lost my dry face mask somewhere back there,” said Pavilla.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Maurice Andrews was the first musher to leave Tuluksak early Saturday morning, leading a field of nine mushers racing down the remaining stretch of tundra and the Kuskokwim River to Bethel. He left at 5:49 a.m.., racing in front of three-time past champion Lewis Pavilla, who left 18 minutes behind at 6:07 a.m.

Dean Swope / KYUK

8:10 a.m. Saturday Update:

Three teams have now left Kalskag: Jessie Holmes was first out at 7:43 a.m., followed by Brent Sass at 7:49 a.m., and Ray Redington Jr. at 7:54 a.m. These teams spent three hours resting.

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Nine teams are racing to Bogus Creek and back in the 2017 Bogus Creek 150.
Ben Matheson / KYUK

Nine mushers are racing teams up the Kuskokwim River on the coldest trail in years to the midway point of the Bogus Creek 150.  

 This year will see a different winner than the past two years as 2015 and 2016 champion Jackie Larson of Napaskiak is racing the Kuskokwim 300 this race.  The early trail takes teams up the Kuskokwim River through Kwethluk, Akiak, overland to Tuluksak to avoid a section of especially-rough trail, and then back to the Kuskokwim River.   

Jeff King hits the trail in the start of the 2017 Kuskokwim 300.
Ben Matheson / KYUK

More than 50 miles into the Kuskokwim 300, Nenana musher Jessie Holmes races at the front of the competition after passing through the Tuluksak checkpoint. The first musher to leave Bethel was the first to arrive at and leave from Tuluksak, departing at 11:02 p.m. with all 12 of his dogs. Ray Redington Jr. was 29 minutes behind, leaving the checkpoint at 11:31 p.m.  

Katie Basile / KYUK

Follow along this weekend as we post a series of interviews featuring mushers from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in conversation with student journalists from the Lower Kuskokwim School District. First up, we have Bethel mushers Pete Kaiser and Victoria Hardwick.

Mushers listen to rules and trail conditions for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in the Bethel Long House Hotel on January 19, 2017. Roger Lee is sitting in the front, right corner, taking notes.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Friday, on the Kuskokwim River outside Bethel, nine mushers and their teams will dash under the start banner for the Bogus Creek 150. An hour and a half later, 20 more will follow over a trail twice as long in the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. At their mandatory meeting before the big day, KYUK talked with mushers and race officials about the trail ahead.

2017 K300 Coverage Schedule

Jan 20, 2017

  You can experience the entire Kuskokwim 300, Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash unfold from start to finish  and all checkpoints in-between this weekend on KYUK 640 AM and here at As race fans know, our coverage times will be dependent on the conditions of the races. One thing that won't change is our hourly updates near the top of every hour.

Chris Pike / KYUK

Wednesday, January 18

All Day Vet Check on Dog Teams at Musher Housing

1 p.m. Race Headquarters Opens at the Long House Hotel

5:30 p.m. Volunteer Orientation at the Long House Hotel

Chris Pike / KYUK

The biggest weekend of sled dog racing in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta is about to begin. Mushers and dog teams from across the state and Canada are arriving in Bethel Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare to compete in this weekend’s three races: the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.