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Bethel Mushers At Front and Back Of Iditarod

Mar 18, 2019
Bev Hoffman

Bethel mushers made bookends of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 

When rookie Victoria Hardwick crossed the finish line in Nome on Monday at 1:51 p.m. she became the last musher to finish the race, earning her the Red Lantern Award, which will be awarded at a special Red Lantern Banquet tonight in Nome.

With Pete Kaiser winning the race last week, today’s finish means that Bethel has a team at both ends of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Iditarod Red Lantern Nears Nome

Mar 17, 2019
Bev Hoffman

There seems to be a wait-off between the two teams in the rear of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. This afternoon, Bethel rookie Victoria Hardwick was eligible to leave White Mountain over 10 hours after the previous musher to leave the checkpoint; there are no teams remaining behind her. She finally left at 1:46 p.m. on Sunday.

Klejka 31st Across Iditarod Finish Line

Mar 16, 2019
Beverly Hoffman

Jessica Klejka mushed her team of 11 dogs across the finish line in Nome at 10:12 p.m. on Friday. Her rookie run in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is the fulfillment of dreams that started when she was a young girl in Bethel learning to run dogs on local trails. 

Klejka Into Nome Tonight

Mar 15, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

There are four teams on the Iditarod trail between White Mountain and Nome today, and Bethel rookie Jessica Klejka is among them. The mushers are each about five miles apart, and Klejka is the last in the group. They were headed towards Safety late this afternoon and should be coming into Nome early tonight. 

Musher Pete Kaiser became the first person from Bethel and the first person of Yup'ik heritage to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 13, 2019 in Nome, Alaska.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

When Bethel’s Pete Kaiser crossed the Nome finish line to win the Iditarod, it was only him and eight dogs on his team. But the community of Kaiser fans across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta felt like they were a part of the victory. KYUK talked with Kuskokwim mushing leaders about why that is.


Zachariah Hughes

Jessica Klejka, racing in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, will be on her way to Nome from White Mountain at 10:40 a.m. She got to the checkpoint for her 8-hour rest at 2:40 a.m. on Friday, March 15.

Victoria Hardwick made it through the Norton Sound shore ice yesterday, arriving in Koyuk this morning at 6:20 a.m. 

There are currently 26 mushers who have made it to Nome.

Two Bethel Teams Left in Iditarod Race

Mar 14, 2019
Ben Matheson

About half the Iditarod mushers in this year’s race have made it to Nome, including Bethel’s finest musher, Pete Kaiser, who earned his first Iditarod Championship on Wednesday.

After Aniak’s Richie Diehl drove his dogs across the finish line last night to take 11th place, there remain only two Y-K Delta mushers still out on the trail; both are rookies.

Iditarod Sled Dog Teams Continue Into Nome

Mar 14, 2019
Iditarod Rookie Jessica Klejka mushing into Unalakleet on March 12, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Bethel Rookie Victoria Hardwick could make Iditarod history this year. If she gets the red lantern, this will be the first year Bethel mushers have come in first and last in the race.

Aniak musher Richie Diehl finishes 11th in the 2019 Iditarod on March 14 at 1:40 a.m. in Nome, Alaska.
Ashley Glasheen Fairbanks

It may have been 1:40 a.m., but there was still an enthusiastic crowd to greet Aniak musher Richie Diehl when he crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome Thursday morning in 11th position with nine dogs.


Last Iditarod Musher Makes It To Coast

Mar 14, 2019
Aliy Zirkle mushing into Nome on March 13, 2019, taking 4th place at 5:26 p.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

By Thursday morning there were a total of 14 Iditarod mushers in Nome. The big news is that for the first time in the race’s history, there are three women in the top 10: Jessie Royer, Aliy Zirkle, and Paige Drobny. All three also finished the race with more dogs in harness than any of the top 10 men. 

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