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Jeff King hits the trail in the start of the 2017 Kuskokwim 300.
Ben Matheson / KYUK

More than 50 miles into the Kuskokwim 300, Nenana musher Jessie Holmes races at the front of the competition after passing through the Tuluksak checkpoint. The first musher to leave Bethel was the first to arrive at and leave from Tuluksak, departing at 11:02 p.m. with all 12 of his dogs. Ray Redington Jr. was 29 minutes behind, leaving the checkpoint at 11:31 p.m.  

Katie Basile / KYUK

Follow along this weekend as we post a series of interviews featuring mushers from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta in conversation with student journalists from the Lower Kuskokwim School District. First up, we have Bethel mushers Pete Kaiser and Victoria Hardwick.

Mushers listen to rules and trail conditions for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in the Bethel Long House Hotel on January 19, 2017. Roger Lee is sitting in the front, right corner, taking notes.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Friday, on the Kuskokwim River outside Bethel, nine mushers and their teams will dash under the start banner for the Bogus Creek 150. An hour and a half later, 20 more will follow over a trail twice as long in the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. At their mandatory meeting before the big day, KYUK talked with mushers and race officials about the trail ahead.

2017 K300 Coverage Schedule

Jan 20, 2017

  You can experience the entire Kuskokwim 300, Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash unfold from start to finish  and all checkpoints in-between this weekend on KYUK 640 AM and here at As race fans know, our coverage times will be dependent on the conditions of the races. One thing that won't change is our hourly updates near the top of every hour.

Chris Pike / KYUK

Wednesday, January 18

All Day Vet Check on Dog Teams at Musher Housing

1 p.m. Race Headquarters Opens at the Long House Hotel

5:30 p.m. Volunteer Orientation at the Long House Hotel

Chris Pike / KYUK

The biggest weekend of sled dog racing in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta is about to begin. Mushers and dog teams from across the state and Canada are arriving in Bethel Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare to compete in this weekend’s three races: the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Akiak held its annual Frank Nurauq Kawagley Memorial Sled Dog Race over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel’s Warrior Basketball boys placed third and the girls fourth this weekend at the Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational tournament in Anchorage.

Chris Pike / KYUK

Greg Larson of Napaskiak won the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener on Saturday in two hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds. Twenty-two mushers completed the 32.5 mile trail along the Kuskokwim River and adjoining sloughs. About eight minutes behind Larson, Mike Williams Jr. placed second at two hours, 18 minutes, and 47 seconds. Maurice Andrews placed third at two hours, 22 minutes, and 52 seconds. The race paid out the $20,000 purse to the first 15 finishers. The next K300 sponsored race is the 50 Mile Holiday Classic on December 31 at 11 a.m.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The first K300 race of the season begins Saturday. Start time is 11 a.m. at the mouth of Bethel’s small boat harbor. The race runs 30 to 35 miles and has an eight-dog limit. The $20,000 purse will be paid out to the first 15 positions. Warm weather and deep overflow on the river prompted the rescheduling of the season opener from last weekend. Now, below-freezing temperatures have returned and stabilized the river for travel.