Peeks, 31, a mental health counselor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, became the first woman to win the Bogus Creek 150 in the 24-year history of the overnight round-trip race from Bethel to Bogus Creek. An event rookie, racing for Kaiser Racing Kennel, Peeks finished in 17:41:19, completing the 146-mile course with seven of her 10 dogs to defeat two-time defending champion Lewis Pavila (Kwethluk, Alaska) in 0° temperatures with 25-mile-per-hour gusts and powdery trail conditions.
After a long run from Elim to White Mountain, Team Kaiser will arrive into White Mountain with a 6 minute lead. Now for a meal, some sleep, and a break from the Trail. The mandatory layover here is 8 hours which will put the leaders back on the trail just before 9pm this evening. That will put the finish tomorrow morning!
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After spending a bit more time figuring out the Tracker, I find that Pete also took a good break in Elim. This will negate the Golovin rest as previously reported. Look for a push to White Mountain and the Mandatory 8 hour layover. This stretch can be one of the most important as whatever time the team can advance into White Mountain will be the lead they will start with on the final push to the finish with a good rest break. Team Kaiser is easily the team to beat, but in Dog Sled racing, anything can and usually will happen, so the advantage they build here is really very important.
Go Team Kaiser!
Mushers are back on the trail to White Mountain and a mandatory 8 hour layover. I spoke with Janet this evening and they are expecting a finish tomorrow evening. It is unclear if there wp was a Mushers Meeting in Koyuk, but after the problems with the trail markers, apparently the rest of the trail has been upgraded with more reflective markers. That will make it a bit easier on teams.
Pete and the Team cut a bit of rest to take the lead earlier in the race, so the added rest from the Koyuk break will have helped Team Kaiser more than others. This run from Koyuk to White Mountain will be 10-12 hours depending on conditions. Then a sprint to Nome!
A Big Thanks to Ryan Air for transportation for Team Kaiser and Team Diehl!
Congratulations to all the Mushers and Volunteers for another fabulous race. Jenn received a real nice trophy for her first place Bogus Creek win. Pete also thanks everyone for their support. A mushing program is in many ways a community effort. There are so many folks that participate even just by cheering the team on. Next stop is the Iditarod and it is right around the corner!
Here are the photos from this evening’s event–