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Chris Pike / KYUK

The 2021 mushing season took another step forward with the K300 Holiday Classic on Sunday, Jan. 10. The race was originally delayed by the pandemic and then postponed because of weather, but eventually 20 mushers took the field on a beautiful windy day on the Kuskokwim River.

A musher races to the finish of the Kuskokwim 300 sponsored Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race in Bethel on January 8, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Holiday Classic, the second mushing race of the season, has been postponed one day to Sunday, Jan. 10.

Jason Pavila of Kwethluk, age 17, won the Bogus Creek 150 in 2018. He will try to repeat that feat this year after winning the 50-mile K300 Season Opener on Jan 2, 2021.
K300

The Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race will not be on the same weekend as the K300 this year. The Bogus Creek will begin later this month, on Jan. 23. The K300 is still scheduled for Feb. 12, and the Akiak Dash will start the day after.

Jason Pavila of Kwethluk, age 17, won the Bogus Creek 150 in 2018. He will try to repeat that feat this year after winning the 50-mile K300 Season Opener on Jan 2, 2021.
K300

After delays caused by the pandemic, sled dog racing season began this weekend along the lower Kuskokwim. There were special rules in place for competitors and spectators to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

K300 Races Delayed

Dec 11, 2020
A musher leaves the starting chute during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race has been postponed due to COVID-19 induced lockdowns throughout the Y-K Delta. The K300 was originally scheduled to begin on Friday, Jan. 15, with the Bogus Creek 150 and the Akiak Dash also on the same weekend. All three races have now been rescheduled for the weekend of Feb. 12.

Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Lower Kuskokwim School District, like most school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, will be in high-risk mode with remote learning through the end of the semester. This action comes at the recommendation of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

A musher leaves the starting chute during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Registration for the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race opened on Oct. 5. “An impressive list of mushers” is how Race Manager Paul Basile described the initial lineup.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel fans may be happy that the Kuskokwim 300 sled-dog races are going forward as scheduled, but it’s also good news for mushers, who have been feeling the economic pinch in the wake of COVID-19. Race Manager Paul Basile said that the race purse could help. 

Kuskokwim 300 Race Is On

Sep 11, 2020
Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Mushing is still on for the Y-K Delta. On Sept. 11, the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee announced that the K300, Bogus Creek 150, and Akiak Dash, along with the usual five local races, are all on the schedule for this winter. But there will be some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Newtok, Byron John and some friends stand back up the village's outdoor basketball hoop (right). In Mertarvik, kids play on a portable hoop that has already seen some wear and tear in its first year (left).
Katie Basile / KYUK

An ongoing relocation effort caused by climate change-fueled erosion has separated friends across 9 miles of river. But if there’s one thing that unites them, it’s their love of basketball. In Newtok and Mertarvik, during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has closed school gyms, kids are still finding a way to play the game they love.


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