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'Go As Fast As I Can'

Mar 12, 2019
Ben Matheson

Two teams are in White Mountain, waiting to run the last legs of the Iditarod to Nome.

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser will be the first out on the trail. He arrived at the checkpoint to start his required 8 hours rest at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday. Last year’s winner, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, was right behind him, arriving 41 minutes later. That may sound like a cushion, but Kaiser says it doesn’t mean anything because Leifseth Ulsom has a fast team and is a tough competitor.

Ben Matheson

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser arrived in White Mountain at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday. He will be able to get back on the Iditarod Trail at 4:05 p.m. Last year's Iditarod winner, Joar Leitseth Ulsom, came into White Mountain at 8:46 a.m. Forty-one minutes separate the two teams. With 55 miles to Safety and another 22 to Nome, fans will be up all night watching to catch the finish.


Petit Out, Kaiser In

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

It’s a race, but a race without Nicolas Petit. Some thought the Iditarod was Petit’s race to lose this year, and he did just that. When his dogs refused to run on the Norton Sound ice it opened a door, which Bethel musher Pete Kaiser did not hesitate to run through. 

Race Tightens As End Nears

Mar 11, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

The end of the Iditarod is looking like a two-man race, but it is also too early to count Jessie Royer out. The three teams are running close together, but Pete Kaiser was the first into Koyuk this morning with Joar Leifseth Ulsom following him an hour later. Their departure this afternoon was a repeat of their arrivals, with Kaiser leaving at 2:15 p.m. after dropping one dog and Leifseth Ulsom keeping pace: he left at 3:15 p.m. and also dropped a dog. Kaiser is running with nine in his team; Leifseth Ulsom with eight.

Zachariah Hughes

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser came into Koyuk at a little before 9 a.m. on Monday. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, last year’s winner, was an hour behind him, checking in at 9:59 a.m. Jessie Royer came in almost two hours later at 11:46 a.m. Of the three top teams, she has the largest with 12 dogs. Leifseth Ulsom has nine and Kaiser has 10.

Kaiser To Koyuk; Parents To Nome

Mar 11, 2019
Ben Matheson

Dog mushing has built some strong bonds among mushers and their families in Bethel. Parents of three local mushers talked on the radio Monday morning about what it was like raising a child who wanted to work with dogs.


Ice Crossing Challenges Mushers

Mar 11, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

In the dark, four mushers were feeling their way through bad ice on Norton Sound overnight. In past races, this is a place where the Iditarod has been lost by teams that seemed to have it in the bag. It’s also a place where those who took the chance going out in poor conditions have won it. 

They're Off Along The Coast Of Norton Sound

Mar 10, 2019
Ben Matheson

As Sunday afternoon bleeds into evening, Nicolas Petit heads out of Unalakleet. With no ice and warm temperatures, he and others are banking on cooler nighttime temperatures for their teams as they hug the coast of Norton Sound on the way to Nome. Fourteen miles behind Petit is a clump of three teams: Pete Kaiser, Jessie Royer, and Joar Leifseth Ulsom, the winner of last year’s race. None of these mushers are strangers to the top 10.

Iditarod Front-runners Rest At Coast

Mar 10, 2019
Ben Matheson

While Nicolas Petit bedded down his dogs in Unalakleet Sunday morning, the other three teams at the front of the Iditarod race were doing the same thing outside of town. Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Jessie Royer, and Pete Kaiser camped together off the trail just 20 miles out of Unalakleet. Mitch Seavey joined the group early this afternoon. 

Niklas Wikstrand On Racing Pete Kaiser’s Dogs

Mar 10, 2019
Bev Hoffman

KNOM's Ben Matheson speaks with Niklas Wikstrand in Shageluk about taking Bethel musher Pete Kaiser’s b-team through some tough trail.


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