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Pete Kaiser And Richie Diehl First K300 Mushers Into Aniak Checkpoint

Jan 18, 2020

Pete Kaiser is presented with the Kuskokwim 300 Half-way award for arriving at the turnaround checkpoint in Aniak first on January 18, 2020. The award includes a $1,000 gift card to the Alaska Commercial Co.
Credit 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. 

Richie Diehl arrived in the second position in Aniak during the 2020 Kuskokwim 300.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Just minutes behind the two Y-K Delta mushers were Will Rhodes, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, defending champion Matt Failor, and K300 rookie Travis Beals.

 As the race transitions to the second half, a second pack that logged extra rest earlier in Kalskag, mushers Jeff King, Nic Petit, and Wade Marrs, may leapfrog some of the front mushers. Over the course of the day, teams must take six total hours of rest in either Kalskag or Aniak. All teams rest for a four-hour break in Tuluksak on the way back to Bethel.