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Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media

Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300. Each year, the K300 Race Committee puts on its three big races during one big weekend, including its signature K300 race, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be headed out on the trail: Ron Kaiser, the father of reigning Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser. 

Greg Larson of Napaskiak took first place in the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on Jan. 11. Larson’s team ran the 50-mile race in 2 hours and 19 minutes. Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak came in second with a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. John George of Akiachak finished a minute behind Williams Jr. with a time of 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Running the grueling Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race makes for both hungry dogs and mushers.

With the race starting Friday, Jan. 17, volunteer cooks are gathering supplies and getting ready to feed dozens of competitors down the trail. Their goal is to make sure that the humans have all the energy they need to care for the dogs.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars basketball tournament was held at Bethel Regional High School Jan. 10 - 11. On Jan. 10, the Dillingham junior varsity boys team beat Bethel by 20 points, with a final score of 62 to 42. That same day, Dillingham’s girls junior varsity team beat Bethel 39 to 21.

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

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race begins next Friday, Jan. 17. Top mushers have signed up for the main race, and the K300 Race Committee is looking for more volunteers to host the competitors and their dog teams.

Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Kuskokwim 300’s second race of the season, The Holiday Classic, has been postponed for a second straight week. A weather forecast reaching negative 20 degrees Farenheit this weekend caused the delay. The 50-mile race is rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11.

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

Dangerous wind-chills postponed this year's Holiday Classic, the second race of the season sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300. Race Manager Paul Basile talked about how he's navigating unaccommodating weather, and how this year he's connecting the K300 to mushing fans beyond the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.   

Hayden Lieb captured his fourth straight state title.
Shane Iverson

On Saturday, Dec. 21, the Bethel Warriors won their seventh team state title of the decade with a string of dominating championship-round performances at the Alaska Airlines Center. After being outscored on the first day of competition, the Warriors pulled ahead of runner-up Glennallen, 191.5 to 176. The win capped a historic high school career for senior Hayden Lieb, who is now just the 12th wrestler in Alaska’s history to win four state championships.

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

Major sponsors have increased their contributions for Bethel’s Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, and new sponsors have added their support.

K300 Season Opener Delayed Again

Dec 12, 2019
Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

Poor trail conditions have pushed the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener race back another week. Instead of mushing this weekend, teams will have to wait until Saturday, Dec. 21. The delay also forces the K300 Race Committee to delay the Holiday Classic race originally scheduled for next weekend. Race Manager Paul Basile says that the current plan is to hold the Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, the weekend between Christmas and New Year.   

This is the third year in a row that the K300 Season Opener has had to be delayed due to poor trail conditions.