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.
Kelly Maixner and Bethel’s Pete Kaiser battled for their Iditarod finish in a pack of 5 mushers crossing under the Burled Arch within an hour of each other early Thursday morning.
The race leaders are on their way to the coast. KNOM’s Matthew Smith caught a few top 10 (and champion) contenders in Koyukuk Saturday.
A look at Western Alaska’s John Baker and Pete Kaiser midday Wednesday from the trail between Tanana and Ruby.
From Aniak, Bethel, Nome, and Kotzebue, some of western Alaska’s mushers share their thoughts on their teams and the 1000 miles of trail that lay ahead.
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.