Once Again, Warm Weather And Poor Trail Conditions Postpone K300 Season Opener

Dec 14, 2017

Greg Larson races a 2016 sprint sled dog race.
Credit Dean Swope / KYUK

Like last year, sled dog racing season has been delayed on the Kuskokwim. 

Due to poor trail conditions and recent warm weather, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has postponed its Season Opener sled dog race to next weekend on Saturday, December 23. The race distributes a total purse of $20,000 to local mushers and was originally scheduled for this coming Saturday, December 16.

The 2016 K300 Season Opener was also pushed back a week, from December 17 to December 24, due to warm weather and deep overflow on the Kuskokwim river.

However, the Kuskokwim isn't safe enough to race across this year. Instead, the 2017 race is slotted to start on Bethel's Hanger Lake and run overland because of thin ice and open holes on the river.