Richie and Mike Jr. Take Home Awards

In addition to taking 11, 13, and 14th place checks, the Kusko Trio also picked up Awards that are truly honored in dogsled mushing.

mikeMike Williams Jr. was selected by the other mushers for the Sportsmanship Award. He was presented the trophy by Aaron Burmeister, who he came upon on the trail to Nikolai and assisted in getting Aaron back on his sled with a knee injury.

Mike received an engraved trophy presented at the Nome banquet by Aaron Burmeister, President of Iditarod Official Finishers Club. He also received a check for $1,049.00 from ITC and a plaque.


2014 Iditarod - Richie Diehl 14th Place Finish - YouTube - Mozilla Firefox 3152014 70529 PMRichie Diehl placed 14th in the 2014 Iditarod, improving a whopping 22 places over his 36th place finish in his rookie race.  Richie won the Horizon Lines Most Improved Musher Award which honors the musher who has bettered his/her last previous finish by the most number of places. He received an engraved trophy plus $2,000.00 presented at Nome banquet by Kenny Gill, Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines.

Way to go Men!!


Mike Williams – 11th Place 2014 Iditarod!


The Trio is now a Couple!

Mike Williams crossed the Finish Line at 2:50am in Nome to claim 11th place in the 2014 Iditarod. His Stats for the Race-

Finish – 02:50:02 – 8 Dogs – Elapsed Time 9d 11h 50m 2s – Average Speed 4.23mph

Here is his Finish Interview-

Pete and Richie Out of White Mountain on the Road to Nome

Pete and the Team were out of the last Layover in White Mountain. After two good breaks, I am expecting a pretty fast time into Safety and then the Finish. The skies are clearing a bit here in Nome and the Moon is visible through the light smattering of clouds. It should be a pretty enjoyable run considering the challenges of yesterday. Stay tuned. I will be posting updates AND we do have a musher in bound during the night– Mike Williams!! It’s going to be a great evening of mushing!

Update- Richie also now out of White Mountain!