2020 Kuskokwim 300 Banquet Photos

Hard to put into words– a beautiful dog team, a great family, fine friends, and a region of support in the greatest State in the Union… And a humble champion. Pete Kaiser is living his dream as we follow along. The first K300 was memorable. Now five times down the trail and an Iditarod trophy in his parents home. We are so lucky to be a part of his Journey. Thanks to all Kaiser Racing Friends, Supporters and Sponsors. It’s not possible without all of you! Quyana!

Un-Pete-able! King of the Kuskokwim!

Un-Pete-able is how his nephew described him!

This Kuskokwim 300 was as tough as it gets with such great competition. Pete had his work cut out for him from the day training season began this fall. The pressure to do well is something that is the fabric of who Pete Kaiser is, but with multiple K300 wins and the 2019 Iditarod Championship under his belt, there had to be a little more pressure to do well.

Pete has been training on the tundra in the fall time and then with the snowmachine later. Training conditions have been better than warm years past, but there is never a year where conditions are perfect.

Pete was very happy with the Team. They looked beautiful coming across the line. Richie Diehl described the Team as “smooth” and “fluid” Nice compliments from Pete’s upriver friend.

A huge crowd had gathered to see their Champion pull off a win. Everyone wanted a snapshot with him before he could head home to bed down the Team, have a pancake with some friends, and then off to slumberland.

Here are some photos from the finish! Congratulations Pete! Go Team Kaiser!

Past Akiachak headed for the Finish!

Good Morning Race Fans!

While we slept (Or at least I did for a few hours – haha!) Pete and the Team have been cruising down the trail towards the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 Finish Line.

As Matt Scott can tell you, anything can happen in the short distance between Akiachak and Bethel. Pete checked out of Tuluksak after his 4 hour layover right on time at 3:57am with 11 dogs. 10 minutes later Richie Diehl and Matt Failor took chase.

Over the last couple of hours Pete has opened up the interval to about 40 minutes and the Tracker Raceflow shows the lead to be increasing.

Vertical lines are faster. More “Up” means “More Speed”

The fastest Akiak musher made the run from Akiachak to Bethel in about one hour 30 minutes as did the Bogus Creek Teams.

We are looking at a finish near 9am, so time to make some coffee and get ready to head down to the festivities around 8:30 or so. (Trackers can be wrong and you don’t want to be late! Been there. Done that!)

The question mark is whether Matt and Richie have been holding back and will make a run for it. Anything can happen in dog sled racing, but I guarantee it will be an exciting finish!

After a nice warm temperature spike to 6 above last night temps have fallen to -6 under clear skies and a sliver of the moon shining. So dress warm and we will see you at the Finish!

GO Team Kaiser!

Team Kaiser First into Tuluksak!

Pete and the Team are First into the Tuluksak checkpoint and 4 hour mandatory layover!

After arriving at 23:57, the Team will be checked over by the K300 Veterinarian Team and then sent to rest in anticipation of the race to the 2020 K300 Finish Line!

Interview after interview has told of the amazing trail, but times for races are a bit slower than last year. Last year Matt Failor had the fastest Kalskag to Tuluksak run at 4:45 almost 30 minutes faster than Pete’s 5 hour 14 minute run this evening.

The Bogus Creek 150 times were also just a bit slower than last year. Not sure what to make of it, but in any case we are looking now at a 8:30-9:00am finish unless conditions change.

Close on the heels of Team Kaiser are Matt Failor and Richie Diehl who have been alternating position according to the tracker and are about 2 miles behind.

Weather is predicted to stay the same with a few snow showers closer to morning. Temperatures have risen a bit with Bethel reporting 4 above at this hour.

It is going to be an exciting finish, so get some rest and we will see you at the Finish Line!

Go Team Kaiser!!