Kaiser, Petit, And Failor Race At Front Of K300 Pack

Jan 19, 2019

Pete Kaiser was the first musher to leave Kalskag in the 2019 Kuskokwim 300.
Credit Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Pete Kaiser has moved to the front of the Kuskokwim 300 pack. The four-time defending champion left the Kalskag checkpoint at 6:16 a.m. on Saturday, and was followed 34 minutes later by Nicolas Petit and Matthew Failor at 6:50 a.m. About 98 miles into the race, strategies for completing the teams’ six hours of discretionary rest are scrambling the race order. 

Jessie Holmes and Petit arrived into Kalskag about 40 minutes in front of Kaiser. Petit stayed three hours in Kalskag, while Kaiser completed only two hours of his rest. Kaiser told KYUK Trail Reporter Will Peterson that he planned to complete the remainder of his rest in Aniak. Holmes remained in Kalskag for four hours after he arrived.  

Jeff King and Will Rhodes round out the front six resting in Kalskag. Mike Williams Jr. arrived in seventh with a dog in the sled and planned to drop two dogs in Kalskag.