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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.

Katie Basile / KYUK

There’s a new starting line for the three big sled dog races starting this weekend: the Kuskokwim 300, the Bogus Creek 150, and the Akiak Dash.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee moved the starting line from its traditional place in front of the Joe Lomack building near the river to the front of the small boat harbor.

K300 Race Manager Madelene Reichard says that the committee decided to move the starting line because a truck trail was plowed through the traditional start line. 

Jackie Klejka wears her signature K300 hat while holding her indoor dog Jersey inside her Bethel home, which is heavily decorated with sled dog paraphernalia. Klejka has been coordinating the K300 veterinary program since 1993.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

In sled dog racing, dog care is key. There’s no physician for the mushers during the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, but there is a team of volunteer veterinarians flying up to ensure the dogs are safe to run. A vet checks each dog before the race, at the checkpoints, and after the teams cross the finish. This essential program has come together for nearly 30 years largely through of the efforts of one woman.

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

Kuskokwim 300 mushers will be racing for three new prizes this year. 

Courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

It was mushing and more mushing in Akiak during the Christmas holiday.

The Frank Nurauk Kawagley Sled Dog race produced three days of tough sprint conditions. Thirteen teams encountered trails with a little bit of everything. This proved to be too much for Nicholas Ayapan’s team, which scratched.  

Mike Williams Sr. says that the race took place on the same 25-mile stretch of trail that has been used by the community for decades. The first day was slow going.

Aniak Girls Basketball Team On A Mission

Jan 2, 2019
Peter Lincoln Delta Discovery

This year, there is only one championship basketball team in the Y-K Delta. The Aniak Halfbreed girls won the 1-A state championship and are aiming for a repeat. They may do it, too. The juniors on last year’s winning team are back again as seniors; just as fast and just as smart. Reached by phone at practice, team captain Kayla Morgan said that they are not taking winning for granted.

“With the new group we’re getting used to playing with each other, but we work hard and work with what we got.”

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

There’s just a month to go before the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee puts on its three signature sled dog races. For one intense weekend in January, mushers from all over the state come to compete in a 300-mile, mid-size race that’s a qualifier for Alaska’s most iconic race: the Iditarod. There are two shorter races that take place at the same time: The Akiak Dash and the Bogus Creek 150. And 2019 is a big year; it’s the 40th Anniversary of the K300. 

Holiday Sweets Sell Out Quickly

Dec 17, 2018
Dillon Crace of the Bethel Warrior Swim Team presents Bev Hoffman with a $50 donation to the YK Delta Lifesavers at the Cookie Extravaganza on Dec. 16, 2018.
Beverly Hoffman

On Sunday, Bethel’s annual Cookie Extravaganza went like clockwork, with 250 pounds of cookies made by the community selling in less than 30 minutes. 

Over $3,000, including donations from individuals and the Bethel Warrior Swim team, were raised for the YK Delta Lifesavers Endowment Fund.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

It was the perfect day for the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee’s first local sled dog race: sunny, no wind, and a chilly negative 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It was hard to believe that the K300 Season Opener had been pushed back a week because of warmer-than-normal temperatures that created unsafe trail conditions. 

Avery Lill / KYUK

The colder temperatures have paid off. The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee will forge ahead with plans to kick off the season with its first local sled dog race this Saturday, December 15. The Season Opener race was delayed a week when last weekend's warmer temperatures led to unsafe trail conditions.