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Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Fifteen-year-old rookie Jason Pavila and veteran George Manutoli are battling for the 2019 Bogus Creek 150 title. They passed through the Tuluksak checkpoint just before 5:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

Nicolas Petit is the first Kuskokwim 300 musher to reach the Tuluksak checkpoint in the 2019 Kuskokwim 300. He arrived at 10:46 p.m. on Friday after running the first 50 miles upriver from Bethel.

Nenana racer Jessie Holmes pulled in three minutes behind, while Matthew Failor arrived third into the checkpoint. Nine-time champion Jeff King arrived five minutes behind Failor.

 

Each left as soon as they arrived and drove their teams of 12 dogs towards Kalskag.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 and Bogus Creek 150 racers sped upriver on a hard trail from Bethel to Tuluksak on a chilly Friday night. Eight sled dog teams began the Bogus Creek 150 from the start chute near the Bethel small boat harbor before 18 mushers and their teams left in groups of two for the 40th running of the Kuskokwim 300. Defending champion Pete Kaiser is seeking his unprecedented fifth consecutive title, while defending Iditarod champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom and top mushers like Nicolas Petit and Jeff King attempt to dethrone Kaiser.

 

George Manutoli was the first musher to reach Tuluksak in the Bogus Creek 150.
Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery

George Manutoli and Jason Pavila are the first mushers to reach Tuluksak in the 2019 Bogus Creek 150. Manutoli arrived at 8:48 p.m., with Pavila only a minute behind.

Kerry Cobbledick

The weekend of K300 races begins tonight, January 18, 2019, in Bethel. The Bogus Creek 150 starts at 5 p.m. with eight mushers. Then at 6:30 p.m., the Kuskokwim 300 begins with 18 mushers signed up to leave the chute.

 

John McDonald

On Friday night, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrates its 40th annual sled dog race. Eighteen mushers are signed up to compete, including multiple K300 and Iditarod champions. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. But as KYUK learned during a Wednesday morning K300 talk show, the founders could not have known how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.


Volunteer Veterinarians at the Kuskokwim 300

Jan 18, 2019
Joey Mendolia / Alaska's Energy Desk

The Kuskokwim 300 and associated sled dog races out of Bethel this weekend depend on volunteer labor. Many of the veterinarians who check the animals before they compete volunteer for the race each year, some even coming from distant places in the lower 48. For others, it’s a family affair.

Katie Basile / KYUK

If you missed the Facebook Live stream of the 2019 Kuskokwim 300 musher drawing you can watch it here.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

If Ron Kaiser had one thing to say to his son, Pete, after a sled dog race, it’s this: Pete could have run a little faster.

"During the racing, this conservative style, hanging back, Ron would always be, 'why don’t you go out a little faster," recalled Janet Kaiser. Ron described it as "armchair mushing." 


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

Listen to this special K300 talk show to hear how the race started (because the Iditarod was too long), what it takes to become a long-distance musher (a willingness to be uncomfortable and cold for a long time), and how growing up with the K300 shaped Pete Kaiser's championship career.

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