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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. 

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

Will this be the year that the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race will make it into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame?

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Sled dogs, community, and teaching the next generation. These themes come together in a new documentary about legendary sprint musher George Attla from the village of Huslia. The documentary has been making the rounds in Alaska: last week in Bethel, a community with its own rich history of sled dog racing.


Musher Pete Kaiser closes in on the K300 Bethel finish line to win his fourth consecutive Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race on January 20, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Nov. 14 marks one month since registration opened for the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Eighteen mushers have currently signed up. As usual, the list includes champions from some of Alaska’s toughest races, including Bethel musher, four-time K300 champion, and reigning Iditarod champion, Pete Kaiser.

Katie Basile / KYUK

It’s that time of year again: sled dog race season! The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee will be opening the registration for its signature 300-mile race on Monday, Oct. 14. This year's K300 will take place on Jan. 17, 2020.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee welcomed two new board members this year: current Iditarod champion and four-time K300 race winner Pete Kaiser, and longtime race volunteer Ashley Glasheen.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee has a new manager: Paul Basile.

He’s the race's first full-time race manager, and will oversee the three signature races and the local races. The K300 Race Committee had relied on two part-time employees for the past few years, but the organization felt that it was time for a change.  

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