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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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Friday, Jan. 17, some of the best sled dog teams around the state will gather on the Kuskokwim River to compete for a piece of the $160,000 purse for the 2020 Kuskokwim 300.

Two shorter races will also take place: The Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

KYUK will take you to the race starts, tell you the standings, describe the trails, and recount stories about the race. Veteran K300 reporters Will Petersen, Lillian Michael, Angela Denning, and KYUK General Manager Shane Iverson sit down and talk about covering the race, relate stories and memorable moments from the trail, and discuss how reporting on the race has changed over the years. The show will air again on Jan. 17. 

Trail Conditions Look Good As K300 Roster Grows

Jan 16, 2020
Katie Basile

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race trail is great shape thanks to cold and snowy weather. Race Manager Paul Basile said that the latest reports show thick ice on the Kuskokwim River between Bethel and Aniak.

Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media

Bethel is gearing up for a big sled dog racing weekend as top-tier mushers from around the state arrive to compete in the Kuskowkim 300. Each year, the K300 Race Committee puts on its three big races during one big weekend, including its signature K300 race, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will be headed out on the trail: Ron Kaiser, the father of reigning Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser. 

Greg Larson of Napaskiak took first place in the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on Jan. 11. Larson’s team ran the 50-mile race in 2 hours and 19 minutes. Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak came in second with a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. John George of Akiachak finished a minute behind Williams Jr. with a time of 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Running the grueling Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race makes for both hungry dogs and mushers.

With the race starting Friday, Jan. 17, volunteer cooks are gathering supplies and getting ready to feed dozens of competitors down the trail. Their goal is to make sure that the humans have all the energy they need to care for the dogs.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars basketball tournament was held at Bethel Regional High School Jan. 10 - 11. On Jan. 10, the Dillingham junior varsity boys team beat Bethel by 20 points, with a final score of 62 to 42. That same day, Dillingham’s girls junior varsity team beat Bethel 39 to 21.

A local Kuskokwim sled dog team prepares to race in December 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race begins next Friday, Jan. 17. Top mushers have signed up for the main race, and the K300 Race Committee is looking for more volunteers to host the competitors and their dog teams.