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3:39 A.M. - Peter Kaiser Wins 2019 Iditarod

Mar 13, 2019
Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

“We have a musher on Front Street.” It was in the wee hours of the morning when the call went out on radio station KNOM. Pete Kaiser’s friends and family, who had flown to Nome to see him and his team mush up Front Street, were ready. When they finally saw him they went wild, chanting “Way to Go, Pete!” as the Bethel musher drove his dogs through the falling snow to the Iditarod’s finish line in Nome.


They’re Off! Ayagtut!

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

Pete Kaiser and Joar Leifseth Ulsom are headed down the trail to Safety, with Nome beyond. Kaiser left White Mountain at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, and Leifseth Ulsom followed 41 minutes later. Jessie Royer, who came into White Mountain at 12:40 p.m., will be starting out with her team at around 8:40 p.m. That will be about 4 hours behind the two front runners. 

Rookie Jessica Klejka mushes into the Takotna checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail on March 7, 2019.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

Iditarod Rookie Jessica Klejka pulled into the Unalakleet checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail at 2:16 p.m. on Tuesday with 11 dogs. As she fed her team, APRN reporter Zachariah Hughes talked with her about the trail and the race so far. When asked if this was what she expected on her rookie run, Klejka responded, "Nothing prepares you for it." Klejka also describes what Pete Kaiser's win could mean to mushing in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Listen to the full interview here.


Kaiser Versus Leifseth Ulsom To Nome

Mar 12, 2019
Zachariah Hughes

KNOM’s Ben Matheson spoke to both Pete Kaiser and Joar Leifseth Ulsom when they arrived in White Mountain on the Iditarod Trail. The two will be racing for the finish line in Nome this evening.


'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.


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