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Aniak's Richie Diehl Wins His First K300 In Record Time

Feb 14, 2021

Richie Diehl of Aniak is the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Champion. Diehl is pictured here with his fiance, Emerie Fairbanks, for his Valentine's Day finish. February 14, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
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Richie Diehl of Aniak has won the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, crossing the finish line in Bethel on Feb. 14 at 6:38 a.m. with 11 dogs.

He completed the route, which is slightly shorter than the usual 300 miles this year, in 36 hours and 8 minutes. This is the fastest recorded time in K300 history. Diehl has won both the Bogus Creek 150 and Kuskokwim 300 in the same year, something that has never been done before. This is his 13th K300 and his first victory. Diehl bested a field of 16 mushers, and will take home a prize of $25,500.

 

Final Race Results:

  1. Richie Diehl of Aniak finished at 6:38 a.m. with 11 dogs, total elapsed time 36:08
  2. Pete Kaiser of Bethel finished at 7:21 a.m. with 12 dogs, total elapsed time 36:51
  3. Nicolas Petit of Girdwood finished at 7:39 a.m. with 10 dogs, total elapsed time 37:09
  4. Fr. Alexander Larson of Napaskiak finished at 8:15 a.m. with 7 dogs, total elapsed time 37:45
  5. Isaac Underwood of Aniak finished at 8:22 a.m. with 8 dogs, total elapsed time 37:52
  6. Jeff King of Denali Park finished at 9:07 a.m. with 9 dogs, total elapsed time 38:37
  7. Matt Failor of Willow finished at 9:12 with 8 dogs, total elapsed time 38:42