Several years ago, Paul O’Brien, with Drew’s Foundation, approached Pete about sponsoring Kaiser Racing and carrying the message of Suicide Prevention across the trails of Alaska. Pete has carried the Patch and the Message in every race since. Last spring, Paul asked if Pete could help with a Suicide Prevention PSA that he had been working on for several months. Pete jumped at the chance to help. Kaiser Racing is proud to call Drew’s Foundation a major sponsor and we hope everyone will share this important message: Suicide is Not the Answer – Never Give Up!
Pete Kaiser grew up on the runners of a sled dreaming of the day when he might run in the Kuskokwim 300. As time went on he entered and won the other two races of the Kuskokwim 300 Trifecta- The Akiak Dash and the Bogus Creek 150.
Pete’s Win today puts him in a class by himself.
1) First Triple Crown Winner (Akiak Dash – Bogus Creek 150 – Kuskokwim 300)
2) First Local Born Winner
He is also the first Local Musher to win the Kuskokwim 300 in 29 years to Win. The last local Champion was Myron Angstman himself in 1986.
Pete offers his congratulations to all of his supporters, both Corporate and Personal. This Win he shares with all of you that make it possible for him to pursue his dreams.
Go Team Kaiser! (Now if you’ll pardon me for a bit- I haven’t slept since yesterday, so it’s NAP TIME and then I’ll get the finish photos and videos)
Just off the phone with Jenn Peeks. She was at the Kwethluk Checkpoint when Pete and the Team came through. 15 minutes is the number! Team looked excellent and a bit more spunky that Rohn Buser’s Team. No official time yet, but a good lead is being built up. It’s a nice trail in from Kwethluk and we should see a finish just after 5am.
Pete and the Team are doing a fine job on this last section of the Trail. What is really interesting is his trail time- It’s virtually identical to his time going outbound!!
Team Kaiser took about 1 hour 20 minutes between Kwethluk and Akiak on the way up and have almost the same time on the way down. This type of speed over long distances will really pay out in the Iditarod, and for the Kusko it really is helping as well.
This has to be such a thrill and I am sure Pete and the Team are very excited. I also know, that of virtually everone I know, Pete keeps an “eye on the prize” so to speak and is very focused on running a fast clean race and keeping everyone behind him. We have seen this time and time again where he will stick to a game plan and keep the battle going until the end.
This isn’t the first race he has led, and that leader experience is paying dividends now– Don’t get too excited, let’s just finish this thing!
The race is far from over and Rohn and Jeff are still just on Pete’s heels, but he is holding them off at this point. I am thinking a Race finish between 5:15 and 6:00am at this point.
My analytics shows that a multitude of Team Kaiser Race Fans are tuned in! Thank You for showing your support for this fine young musher! Go Team GO! Go Team Kaiser!!
It was thought that a person could catch a catnap to ready for the finish line…
That’s hardly an option!!
Mr. Kaiser and his Team are now leading the 2015 Kuskokwim 300! Rohn Buser is not giving up without a fight and the two young men and their Teams are battling away as Jeff King maintains his 3rd position about 3 miles behind them. Not far behind Jeff, Tony Browning lies awaiting as well in 4th position. As the three teams pass in front of Akiak, the drama continues on the Kuskokwim. The Finish is going to be a barn burner with 6 Teams coming across in under an hour. I figure the Winner will cross between 5 and 6am at this point.
We are all on the edge of our seats! Join Us! Go Pete Go!!
The battle is hardly over as we have 3 hours of racing in front of us!
As Pete said in his KYUK Interview and also in our Pre-Race Interview. The Team will go as fast as its able and that will be that. For those of us watching the Tracker though, well, that’s easier said than done.
The next 5 to 6 hours will go pretty slow for us as we see the race unfold. The top six teams are within an hour of the leader!
Both Rohn and Pete are now back on the trail and, in a short bit, will be joined by Jeff King.
This, Folks, is why we are all here! It’s really not who wins or loses, it’s seeing the action and feeling the excitement! Enjoy it as it doesn’t get better than this. So many times there is a sure winner. That’s never this much fun!
I think back, just last year, when Jeff King himself had to scratch at SAFETY in the Iditarod! Anything can happen in this last 50 miles so enjoy the ride! It’s going to be a fun one!!
The story line is great as the reigning Champ is followed closely by the Hometown favorite, but never much out of the reach of the wise old fox, Jeff King.