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Pete Kaiser claims his second consecutive K300 victory in 2016.
Chris Pike / KYUK

Bethel musher, and last year's fifth place Iditarod finisher, Pete Kaiser left the Tanana Iditarod checkpoint in third position at 1:07 a.m. this morning after resting 4 hours and 34 minutes. Before leaving for the race's next stop in Ruby, APRN's Ben Matheson talked with Kaiser about his dogs, sled trailer, and rest strategy for this year's race.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Mike Williams Jr.'s sled dogs ran through gorgeous conditions this weekend to place first in the Bethel Sprint Club’s Western Alaska Sprint Championship. The Akiak musher totaled 4 hours, 9 minutes, and 58 seconds in the two-day race that took mushers from Bethel, 32 miles upriver near Kwethluk, and then back.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel musher and three-time Kuskokwim 300 winner Pete Kaiser is on the Iditarod trail, racing across the Alaska wilderness to the burled arch in Nome. The 979-mile race began at 11 a.m. this morning in Fairbanks. Alaska Public Media’s Ben Matheson spoke with Kaiser at the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage on Saturday about the trail ahead and the differences between racing on the frozen Kuskokwim and the long Iditarod.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel Junior High wrestling team came home from Fairbanks this weekend with a second place finish in the Tanana Invitational Tournament small schools category.  

Katie Basile / KYUK

Lewis Pavila of Kwethluk won the 100 Mile Challenge sled dog race on Saturday. He made the run to Akiachak and down the Gweek River and back to Bethel in 7 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds, and taking home $3,237 dollars.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Sled dogs hit the trail again this weekend.

The 100 Mile Challenge sled dog race sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Committee begins Saturday, February 18 at 9 a.m. outside the Bethel Small Boat Harbor.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Less than half a minute separated the winner from the runner-up in this year’s February 50 Sled Dog Race.

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak placed first in Saturday’s sprint race, crossing the finish line outside Bethel in 4 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds and taking home $2,500.

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Bethel native Natalie Hanson has set a new American record in women’s powerlifting. On Saturday, in Milwaukee, Hanson squatted 578.7 pounds, more than three times her body weight, and more than 33 pounds over the former record. The 26-year-old set the new all-time-high at the USA Powerlifting Wisconsin State Open Championship. 

2017 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Red Lantern Roger Lee.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On the last day of the week, following the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, we're going to hear from the final musher who crossed the Bethel finish line. After training for a lifetime total of eleven weeks, it was a Red Lantern for Roger Lee, who finished the race on Monday morning at 9:16 a.m. with a total elapsed time of 62 hours and 46 minutes. KYUK talked with Lee about completing his first K300 and what brought a career-military man to mushing.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Over the weekend, you heard and saw a lot from KYUK reporters about the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Races. While KYUK was on the trail, student reporters were in Bethel producing stories on the races. The seven students came from Kwethluk, Mekoryuk, Quinhagak, and Bethel to take part in the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s Multimedia Journalism class.

During an intense weekend of dog mushing coverage, LKSD Student Journalists produced six videos featuring Kuskokwim 300 mushers, volunteers, organizers, and fans. If you haven't seen them already, check them out here.