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Five fast facts about Pete Kaiser, Iditarod champion

Pete Kaiser has won the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 9 days, 12 hours, six seconds. He is the first Yup’ik to win the race. Here are some facts facts about him:

  • Kaiser a 30-year-old who was born in Bethel and spent his childhood fishing, boating, hunting and running a small team of family dogs on camping trips and in local races.
  • His Bethel roots go back three generations to a great grandfather who came into the country as a goldminer and dog team driver.
  • His great-grandmother was Yup’ik, and was raised in a mission orphanage after her parents died in an epidemic.
  • He won his first race while a high school student — the Akiak Dash, a 65 mile race put on by the Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee. He’s run in every Kuskokwim 300 since 2009 and every Iditarod since 2010.
  • In 2012, Pete and Bethany Hoffman welcomed a son, Ari Joseph.

[Read more about Kaiser at his web site linked here.]

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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