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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.

Bethel musher Matt Scott wins the Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race on February 10, 2018.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

The Kuskokwim 300’s second race of the season, The Holiday Classic, has been postponed for a second straight week. A weather forecast reaching negative 20 degrees Farenheit this weekend caused the delay. The 50-mile race is rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11.

A musher races to the finish of the Kuskokwim 300 sponsored Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race in Bethel on  January 8, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Dangerous wind-chills postponed this year's Holiday Classic, the second race of the season sponsored by the Kuskokwim 300. Race Manager Paul Basile talked about how he's navigating unaccommodating weather, and how this year he's connecting the K300 to mushing fans beyond the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.   

Hayden Lieb captured his fourth straight state title.
Shane Iverson

On Saturday, Dec. 21, the Bethel Warriors won their seventh team state title of the decade with a string of dominating championship-round performances at the Alaska Airlines Center. After being outscored on the first day of competition, the Warriors pulled ahead of runner-up Glennallen, 191.5 to 176. The win capped a historic high school career for senior Hayden Lieb, who is now just the 12th wrestler in Alaska’s history to win four state championships.

A musher leaves the starting chute during the 2018 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Major sponsors have increased their contributions for Bethel’s Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, and new sponsors have added their support.

K300 Season Opener Delayed Again

Dec 12, 2019
Greg Lincoln / The Delta Discovery

Poor trail conditions have pushed the Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener race back another week. Instead of mushing this weekend, teams will have to wait until Saturday, Dec. 21. The delay also forces the K300 Race Committee to delay the Holiday Classic race originally scheduled for next weekend. Race Manager Paul Basile says that the current plan is to hold the Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, the weekend between Christmas and New Year.   

This is the third year in a row that the K300 Season Opener has had to be delayed due to poor trail conditions. 

BRHS Senior Hayden Lieb signs his national letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Wyoming with his parents, Darren and Regina Lieb, behind him.
Courtesy of Regina Lieb

Bethel will soon be the proud hometown of another Division 1 College athlete. Bethel Regional High School senior Hayden Lieb signed an athletic scholarship to wrestle at the University of Wyoming. It’s another notch on the belt of an impressive career that includes five All-American honors and three state titles. 

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak crossed the finish line in first place at the Holiday Classic Dog Sled Race on January 8, 2016 in Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel’s first local sled dog race of the season has been postponed. The Kuskokwim 300 Season Opener, originally scheduled for Dec. 7, has been pushed back a week to next Saturday, Dec. 14. The reason for the delay is the same reason the race has been postponed for the past three years: winter’s late start has resulted in poor trail conditions.