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Thirteen mushers began the 2020 Akiak Dash with a mass start on the frozen Kuskokwim River in Bethel. The sprint race ran upriver to the halfway checkpoint of Akiak before turning downriver to finish in Bethel. Mushers competed for $30,000 in prize money and the title of the fastest team on the Kuskokwim.

Laura Kraegel / KUCB

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser is the first Kuskokwim 300 musher to reach the Aniak checkpoint. Kaiser arrived in Aniak at 12:23 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 with 12 dogs after running the overland trail past Whitefish Lake. Nine minutes later, Richie Diehl made it to his hometown checkpoint.

Gabby Hiestand Salgado / KYUK

There’s a new champion in this year’s Bogus Creek 150 sled dog race. Bethel musher Matt Scott edged out a narrow win on Saturday morning in a small but competitive field that included racers from some of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s mushing dynasties.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Seventeen Kuskokwim 300 teams are through the Kalskag checkpoint and on their way to Aniak. It’s an extremely tight pack: within a 20-minute period this morning, the front nine teams left Kalskag. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Twenty-one Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race teams charged out of Bethel the night of Jan. 17 on a hard-packed trail headed to Aniak, while seven teams raced upriver in the Bogus Creek 150. Hundreds of race fans came out to send off the teams before being treated to a fireworks show.

Thirteen Teams To Compete In 2020 Akiak Dash

Jan 18, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

Thirteen mushers will race in the 2020 Akiak Dash. Two-time champion Greg Larson will seek his third title in the approximately 65-mile race that begins on Saturday, Jan. 18. Last year’s fourth-place finisher, Nicholas Ayapan, is the top 2019 finisher to race this year. Eleven mushers are veterans, and the race’s only rookie is Abby Klager. Racers signed up on the night of Jan. 17 in Bethel.

 

For One Vet, Good Dog Health Is The Key To A Good Race

Jan 17, 2020
Zachariah Hughes / KYUK

Ahead of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel this weekend is a bit of house-keeping. Or rather, dog-keeping. Each competing canine needs to be checked out by veterinarians to make sure that there are no health issues that could cause problems. 


Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Local sprint mushers will hit the trail on Saturday, Jan. 18, for the Akiak Dash mass start at 2 p.m. 

Bill Eggimann is the race marshal for the 60-mile race from Bethel to Akiak and back. He sat down with KYUK’s Laura Kraegel to preview the competition.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel’s Kuskokwim 300 race begins tonight, Jan. 17. Mushers from around the state have already picked their bib numbers and are looking forward to good race conditions. 

The Bogus Creek 150 will start at 5 p.m., followed by the main event, the Kuskokwim 300, at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will start shortly after. On Saturday, mushers will take off in the Akiak Dash’s mass start at 2 p.m. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

On the night of Friday, Jan. 17, 21 of Alaska’s top sled dog racing teams will run up the Kuskokwim River to Aniak and back in the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Several past champions are back, including four-time champion Pete Kaiser and last year’s winner, Matthew Failor. 

 

The Bogus Creek 150 will see seven teams race overnight to Bogus Creek before turning around and pushing to the finish line in Bethel. 2019 champion Jason Pavila is back to defend his title against six of the Y-K Delta’s fastest teams.

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