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Zachariah Hughes

Pete Kaiser speaks to Ben Matheson at the Takotna checkpoint on Wednesday, March 11 during his 24-hour mandatory Iditarod rest period. Kaiser will get back on the trail in the early hours of Thursday, March 12.

Richie Diehl Reviews Amazing Iditarod Run

Mar 11, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Richie Diehl speaks with Ben Matheson about his team’s performance during his 24-hour break at the Takotna Checkpoint. Diehl will head back on the trail after 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

Y-K Delta Mushers Take Their Mandatory 24's

Mar 11, 2020
zachariah Hughes

Six teams are making their way to the Cripple checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail. Cripple is the halfway mark in the race, and the musher who arrives there first gets $3,000 in gold nuggets as a prize. So far, Brent Sass is in the lead.

As the mushers in this group try to get farther ahead before taking their required 24-hour layovers, most of the front-runners are already taking their required rest. Two are in Ophir, but most are resting in Takotna, with Pete Kaiser among them. 

The Race To Iditarod's Halfway Point

Mar 11, 2020
Ben Matheson

Two women are breaking trail in the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as the front-runners head up the Innoko river from Ophir to the halfway mark at the Cripple checkpoint. Page Drobny and Michelle Phillips followed Brent Sass, the reigning Yukon Quest Champion, into Ophir on the morning of March 11. While the champ rested, they kept on driving towards Cripple, 73 miles further down the trail. The two now have a trio of champions on their tail: Sass, and former Iditarod champions Mitch Seavey and Lance Mackey. All three teams are running about an hour behind the two women.

Sass’ Dogs Blast Through To Ophir

Mar 11, 2020
KNOM

It was a little before midnight when Jessie Royer and Richie Diehl arrived at the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod trail and decided to rest. The group of 14 teams that followed them into Takotna also decided to stay put. That group included Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, who led the seventh team into the checkpoint. 

Iditarod Is A Game Of Leap Frog Right Now

Mar 10, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

On March 10, the Nikolai checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail was filling up with sled dog teams until Brent Sass checked in at 1:38 p.m. Instead of resting his dogs in town with the other front-runners, Sass mushed through, heading out on the trail towards McGrath. A little over an hour later, Richie Diehl and Jessie Royer gave chase, followed by Wade Marrs, Aaron Burmeister, and others. A total of nine teams had left Nikolai by around 4 p.m., but Bethel’s Pete Kaiser was not among these early departures. He got back on the trail at around 4:20 p.m.

Diehl Leads Front-runners Into Nikolai

Mar 10, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Richie Diehl was the first musher into Nikolai, coming into the checkpoint at 10:33 a.m. on March 10. He was followed into Nikolai by Jessie Royer, Travis Beals, and Wade Marrs. Reigning Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser is four teams farther back in the parade. Bringing up the rear of that group is Jessica Klejka, one of the more recent mushers to tackle the trail from Rohn to Nikolai. She left the Rohn checkpoint with a full team a little before 10 a.m. after getting six hours of rest. There are 22 teams behind her on the Iditarod trail.

As the Lower Kuskokwim School District hosted its big regional championship game in Bethel this weekend, other regional school districts were doing the same.

Y-K Delta Musher Interviews At Rainy Pass Checkpoint

Mar 10, 2020
Zachariah Hughes

Two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mushers are out in the front of the pack headed to Nome. Zachariah Hughes caught up to Richie Diehl of Aniak when he got to the Rainy Pass checkpoint on March 9.

Hughes also spoke with Bethel musher Pete Kaiser.

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