Pete Kaiser wins Kuskokwim 300 for eighth time

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Pete Kaiser at the finish of the 45th Kuskokwim 300 on Jan. 28, 2024. Photo credit: Kuskokwim 300

Mushing legend Pete Kaiser has won the Kuskokwim 300 for the eighth time. He crossed the finish line Sunday at 9:25 am with all 12 of his dogs; one dog was riding in the sled, while 11 were running. This year’s race was the 45th annual run, starting at 8 pm on Sunday in Bethel and heading up to Aniak for a hangman’s loop back to Bethel.

Kaiser has won more Kusko-300 races than any other musher except Jeff King, who has won nine. But Kaiser has won eight of the last 10 Kusko-300 races, with his first win in 2015. He is also a 12-time finisher of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and had eight top-10 finishes. He placed first in 2019.

“Awesome job Pete. Fantastic. I guess I better toughen up for next year,” wrote Jeff King on Facebook.

The purse for the first place win was $28,500 and the weather was brutally cold, at times over 20 below zero. At this writing, it’s -31 in Aniak.

Kaiser’s sponsors are Donlin Gold, Genesis Coffee Lab, Doug Dorland, Ryan Air, Lynden, Northern Air Cargo, Drew’s Foundation, Halibut Cove Live, Alaska Technologies, Bering Sea Animal Clinic, Dr. Jessica Klejka, Yukon Helicopters, Dr. Carson’s Pet Products, T&H Leveling, Ron and Janet Kaiser, Gonders and May Hoffman, Neal Scott, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield Alaska, Papa Bear Adventures.

Get more details and see how the others finished in this historic race at the official Kuskokwim-300 web page.

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