The Kuskokwim 300 is always a tough race, and this year was no exception. Wary of the uncountable open holes on the rivers, organizers rerouted the trail only days before the competition. After running their dogs through brutal glare ice, a third of this weekend's competition scratched. For the mushers who did complete the 2018 K300, the course was grueling and exhilarating. A small army of local families and volunteers helped them along the way.