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A musher takes off during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 in Bethel, Alaska.
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The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race begins Friday, Feb. 12, followed by the Akiak Dash on Saturday, Feb. 13. The races looks different this year due to the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know to participate as a fan this race weekend.

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In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, mushers raced across the finish line of the Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race. Unlike years past, the 2021 Bogus was held on a separate weekend from the K300 and Akiak Dash, which allowed more local mushers to compete. 

Richie Diehl, Ron Kaiser and Pete Kaiser finished the Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race in first, second, and third place, respectively. January 31, 2021.
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Richie Diehl won the 2021 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 31. Diehl crossed the finish line in the early morning darkness to the cheers of a small crowd. He planted his snow hook, leapt off the sled, and vigorously rubbed each one of his dogs.


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Richie Diehl of Aniak won the 2021 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 31, crossing the finish line in Bethel at 4:58 a.m. with 10 dogs on the line. He completed the 150-mile course in 16 hours and 58 minutes. Seventeen teams competed in this year's race.

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.
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Updated: 9:37 p.m.

All of the mushers racing in the 2021 Bogus Creek 150 have arrived at the halfway checkpoint at Hangar Lake near Bethel. The first half of the race proved to be electrifying, with less than a half-mile separating the five leading mushers for much of the first half of the race.

Sled dogs get ready to race during the 2020 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska on Jan. 18, 2020.
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The Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race starts Saturday, Jan. 30 in Bethel. Mushers will take off at noon in a mass start on the Kuskokwim River. Tune into KYUK 640 AM for live race coverage.

Joe Demantle Jr. of Tuluksak takes second in the 2020 Akiak Dash Sled Dog Race at the Bethel finish line.
KYUK

The 2021 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race is dedicated to the late musher Joe Demantle Jr. of Tuluksak. Demantle died over the weekend from complications with COVID-19. He was in his 60s.

Gannon University Athletics

Bethel’s first female collegiate wrestler competed in her first tournament this weekend, and took second place in her weight class in freestyle wrestling. Lindsey Beans-Polk wrestled for Bethel Regional High School before she became a freshman wrestler at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She said that this weekend’s event was her first freestyle competition.

Sled dogs get ready to race during the 2020 Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska on Jan. 18, 2020.
Gabby Hiestand Salgado / KYUK

The Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race, scheduled to begin Jan. 22, has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 30.


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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.

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