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On Feb. 15, KYUK was at the finish line to welcome the 2021 K300’s last place finisher and winner of the prestigious Red Lantern Award, Reese Madden. He came in at 6:22 p.m., about a day and a half after first place finisher Richie Diehl. Madden’s team zigged and zagged its way to the end.

 

Richie Diehl (right) of Aniak is the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Champion. This is Diehl's 12th K300 and his first win. Pete Kaiser (left) of Bethel is a five-time K300 champion, and the two are best friends. February 14, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

It was a year of many firsts for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. It was the first year that checkpoints were set up outside of villages to avoid spreading COVID-19, which led to a modified, slightly shorter race course. It was also the first year that a musher won both the Kuskokwim 300 and the Bogus Creek 150. 

Richie Diehl of Aniak is the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Champion. Diehl is pictured here with his fiance, Emerie Fairbanks, for his Valentine's Day finish. February 14, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Richie Diehl of Aniak has won the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, crossing the finish line in Bethel on Feb. 14 at 6:38 a.m. with 11 dogs.

Jackie Larson Wins 2021 Akiak Dash

Feb 13, 2021
Napaskiak musher Jackie Larson celebrates his 2021 Akiak Dash win in Bethel Alaska on February 13, 2021.
Gabby Hiestand-Salgado / KYUK

Jackie Larson won his first Akiak Dash Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Feb. 13, outpacing a deep field of past champions over 65 miles on the Kuskokwim River. 

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At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 16 mushers started out on the trail of the 2021 Kuskokwim 300. In order to adhere to COVID-19 precautions, this year's K300 began with a mass start rather than the traditional staggered start of years past. 

Richie Diehl reached the midway checkpoint in first place in the Kuskokwim 300. Bethel, Alaska on February 13, 2021.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Updated: 11:19 a.m.  

The first mushers have arrived at the halfway checkpoint for the 2021 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. The top three mushers arrived within one hour of each other.

17 Mushers To Race In 2021 Akiak Dash

Feb 13, 2021
Mushers race up the Kuskokwim during the mass start of the 2019 Akiak Dash in Bethel, Alaska on January 19, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Seventeen mushers will race in the 2021 Akiak Dash Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Feb. 13. Defending champion Greg Larson of Napaskiak returns to seek his fourth Akiak Dash title. He joins 2019 champion Terrell Andrews and 2000 winner Jim George to headline a competitive field of Kuskokwim mushers for the 65-mile race from Bethel to Akiak and back.

Fr. Alexander Larson, veteran musher and 2004 Champion of the Bogus Creek 150, was the first musher into the Hangar Lake checkpoint during the 2021 Bogus Creek 150.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers didn’t have to choose between running the Bogus Creek 150 and the K300 this year. That means a higher percentage of local mushers, and more local rookies in the longer race. The three local rookies competing in this year’s K300 have all been running dogs for years, but this weekend will be their first time running a 300-miler.


Mushers race up the Kuskokwim during the mass start of the 2019 Akiak Dash in Bethel, Alaska on January 19, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim 300 race officials have organized this year’s race around COVID-19 safety precautions. The race begins on Friday, Feb. 12, but mushers began arriving into Bethel earlier this week. Sixteen teams are registered to compete; nine are from outside the region.

A local Kuskokwim sled dog team prepares to race in December 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim 300 race fans have a new way to raise the stakes in this year’s race: by betting on the action. With in-person ticket sales hampered by the pandemic, Gov. Dunleavy lifted restrictions on online gaming in Alaska. For the first time, fans can place online bets on who will win the 300-mile sled dog race.

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