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K300 Talk Show: How The K300 Started, Shaped A Champion, And Keeps Local Mushing Alive

Jan 17, 2019

Musher Pete Kaiser closes in on the K300 Bethel finish line to win his fourth consecutive Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race on January 20, 2018.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Listen to this special K300 talk show to hear how the race started (because the Iditarod was too long), what it takes to become a long-distance musher (a willingness to be uncomfortable and cold for a long time), and how growing up with the K300 shaped Pete Kaiser's championship career.

This weekend, the Kuskokwim 300 is celebrating its 40th Annual Sled Dog Race. The race marks Bethel’s biggest annual event. It's an exciting time along the Kuskokwim River as mushers race the 300 miles from Bethel to Tuluksak to Kalskag to Aniak and back. Two other races happen the same weekend: the Bogus Creek 150 and the 50-mile Akiak Dash.

Over the race’s four decades, a lot has changed, though the love of this great Alaska sport has remained. On Wednesday morning, three guests joined KYUK in a live conversation to talk about the race's history and the state of mushing along the Kuskokwim River. The guests include K300 founder and two-time race winner Myron Angstman, former musher and longtime race volunteer Beverly Hoffman, and Bethel’s four-time K300 champion Pete Kaiser.