Pete Kaiser is the winner of the Kuskokwim 300 dog sled race for the third straight year; he crossed the finish line in his hometown of Bethel at 10:37am Sunday morning.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.
The race from Bethel to Aniak and back starts at 6:30pm on January 20th.
The countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
Sign-ups for the next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Saturday. 40 veterans and 12 rookies are on the list so far to compete in 2017.
For multiple pairs of Iditarod teams — Wade Marrs and Pete Kaiser, and Scott Smith and Noah Burmeister — the most competitive stretch of trail came down to the final mile.
Wade Marrs and Pete Kaiser make a race for the burled arch, finishing in 4th and 5th.
Unalakleet was buzzing overnight as Iditarod mushers and their dog teams arrived on the Bering Sea Coast. Their sense of urgency was palpable.
On Friday, some Iditarod mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the Yukon River.
“Everything has to come together just right,” the Bethel musher — and recent K-300 champ — said about his odds of winning Iditarod 2016.