Despite temperatures dipping to -45°F along the Yukon Quest trail, for Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge, it was “heat” that did his team in.
In Western Alaska, it’s race season: the time for the sled dog races that so inspire and excite our region. This year’s races are a special source of pride for our mission, since KNOMers are involved in the races both as reporters and as competitors.
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.