Officials cite trail conditions, logistics, and “changes to racer needs” as reasons for the cancelation.
Kaiser is the first Bethel musher to win the race in 29 years.
Twenty-five mushers will take off from Bethel over a fast, icy trail to Aniak and back Friday night in the 36th annual running of the Kuskokwim 300.
Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge and Iditarod veteran Ray Redington, Jr. will be among the rookies running the 2015 Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.
In all, an extra $50,000 will be spread among the race’s top five finishers.
The NS450, which has been significantly shortened and even canceled the past two years due to poor weather, is gearing up to run a full race along the Norton Sound coast in 2015.
Race Manager Zach Fansler said the $400 entry fee for the 300-mile mid-distance race has been dropped for 2015.
Sled dog racing is Alaska’s state sport and Gov. Sean Parnell has officially endorsed Alaska as a “right to mush” state.
Defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey leads a roster of familiar faces as the first mushers for Iditarod 43 register.
The leaders are on the Yukon, making their way through Ruby, Galena, Nulato, and Kaltag. All racers have to take a mandatory 8 hour layover at…