Pete and the Team have been getting a few miles in on trails in Eureka, about an hour and 4o minutes from his Host, Doug Dorland’s ranch in Palmer. I got in a quick call about what happens during race week from him before he set out for Eureka for some last training miles on Tuesday.
Just off the phone with Pete in Anchorage. With some help from his cousin Matthew, they are headed to town for the first event of the 2015 Iditarod– Blood Work and Vet Checks. We will get an interview with Pete tonight to tell us all about it.
Dog care and safety is the prime concern for any race, but the Iditarod goes above and beyond by having blood work and veterinary checks at the beginning of the race. Each of the more than 1000 dogs competing will also have a microchip check or implant as part of the check. Making sure that all of the Teams get back to their proper owners and that the health history is accurate is made far easier with the microchips.
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.
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