A banner reading "Start/Finish" and adorned with antlers hangs over an icy, snowy field against a colorful sunset.

So far, 19 mushers have signed up to race the 300-mile course from Bethel to Aniak and back. K300 race manager Madelene Reichard says “people have until December 15th, and then the entry fee goes up from $400 to $800.”

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Ike Underwood of Aniak was the fourth musher in a span of 24 hours to drop out of the race yesterday. According to the Quest, Underwood activated his race-tracking device and requested assistance almost 25 miles outside of the Circle checkpoint. Underwood and his dogs were found to be in good health, but the Quest rookie decided to withdraw for his safety and that of his team.

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Snowmachine

Alaska State Troopers determined that 28-year-old Charles Lang, Jr., and 16-year-old Kayden Morgan were the two fatalities. Troopers say Charles and Kayden were riding on a snowmachine when they collided with a moose, causing them to be thrown from the vehicle.

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