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Video: Pete Kaiser Wins 2020 K300

Pete Kaiser has won the 41st running of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. For the fifth time in six years, the Bethel local was crowned champion of what is called the toughest mid-distance mushing race in the world.

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Pete Kaiser Wins Fifth Kuskokwim 300 Title

Jan 19, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

With the sky still dark at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, Bethel’s Pete Kaiser racked up his fifth victory in the Kuskokwim 300, mushing’s marquee mid-distance race.

Greg Larson Wins Third Akiak Dash Title

Jan 18, 2020
Joey Mendolia / KYUK

Greg Larson is the 2020 Akiak Dash champion. The Napaskiak musher earned his third Akiak Dash title when his team cruised into Bethel at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. He previously won in 2004 and 2016.


KYUK Staff / KYUK

Thirteen mushers began the 2020 Akiak Dash with a mass start on the frozen Kuskokwim River in Bethel. The sprint race ran upriver to the halfway checkpoint of Akiak before turning downriver to finish in Bethel. Mushers competed for $30,000 in prize money and the title of the fastest team on the Kuskokwim.

Laura Kraegel / KUCB

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser is the first Kuskokwim 300 musher to reach the Aniak checkpoint. Kaiser arrived in Aniak at 12:23 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 with 12 dogs after running the overland trail past Whitefish Lake. Nine minutes later, Richie Diehl made it to his hometown checkpoint. 

Kaiser and Diehl each rested about three hours in Kalskag early this morning, and both have three hours of additional rest to complete before they pass through Kalskag on the inbound trail. 

Gabby Hiestand Salgado / KYUK

There’s a new champion in this year’s Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race. Bethel musher Matt Scott edged out a narrow win on Saturday morning in a small but competitive field that included racers from some of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s mushing dynasties.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Seventeen Kuskokwim 300 teams are through the Kalskag checkpoint and on their way to Aniak. It’s an extremely tight pack: within a 20-minute period this morning, the front nine teams left Kalskag. 

Fire Severely Damages Home In Bethel

Jan 18, 2020
Ben Matheson / KYUK

A fire severely damaged a home on Kilbuck Street near the Faulkner Walsh buildings on the evening of Jan. 17. The next morning, Acting Fire Chief Daron Solesbee said that there were no injuries. 

 

Two fire engines and six water trucks arrived on the scene, along with an ambulance. Solesbee said that the fire began when a tenant was attempting to thaw a frozen p-trap in a bathroom. The tenant was able to get out quickly. 

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Twenty-one Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race teams charged out of Bethel the night of Jan. 17 on a hard-packed trail headed to Aniak, while seven teams raced upriver in the Bogus Creek 150. Hundreds of race fans came out to send off the teams before being treated to a fireworks show.

Thirteen Teams To Compete In 2020 Akiak Dash

Jan 18, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

Thirteen mushers will race in the 2020 Akiak Dash. Two-time champion Greg Larson will seek his third title in the approximately 65-mile race that begins on Saturday, Jan. 18. Last year’s fourth-place finisher, Nicholas Ayapan, is the top 2019 finisher to race this year. Eleven mushers are veterans, and the race’s only rookie is Abby Klager. Racers signed up on the night of Jan. 17 in Bethel.

 

For One Vet, Good Dog Health Is The Key To A Good Race

Jan 17, 2020
Zachariah Hughes / KYUK

Ahead of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel this weekend is a bit of house-keeping. Or rather, dog-keeping. Each competing canine needs to be checked out by veterinarians to make sure that there are no health issues that could cause problems. 


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