Jeff King pulled away from the rest of the K300 field after coming back through the Lower Kalskag checkpoint, eventually finishing an hour ahead of the field. That left four mushers to battle for the second spot in the race. Tony Browning, running dogs out of Aaron Burmeister’s Flat Dog Kennels, won the race for second place.
Tony Browning had some tough competition in Iditarod and Kusko vet Pete Kaiser, 2012 K300 champ Rohn Buser and 2011 K300 winner Paul Gebhardt. He rode what many in the field have called a pristine group of dogs to the finish line.
The 55-year-old Browning is a nine-time veteran, but hasn’t run the race since 2000. His best finish was 6th place in 1996. “I feel good, the dogs are doing good,” he said. But there were some obstacles along the way.
“When I left Kalskag to Aniak my whole team started throwing up.” He said he had to take it slow, stopping ever few hours, but eventually the team got over it. And got over it they did.
“I knew what this team could do, it had all the proper training,” he said. “Really we just came over to put some good, hard miles on them. Because this is the place to do it.”
Next up for the team is the Kobuk 440, which Browning will run. Aaron Burmeister will take the runners for the Iditarod.