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–
Mike Williams Sr. just arrived before 9 pm to close out the 2012 Kuskokwim 300. In the audio report he tells that this is the 3rd Red Lantern of his career. Now that this race is complete, there are a few technical things to accomplish (Mushers Meeting and Banquet) and then it is back to training for Pete and the Team as in a bit over a month the Iditarod will Start! The Iditarod will start this year on March 3, 2012 in Anchorage.
Take a look at the K300 Position map to go over analysis of the mushers. It is pretty nice.
Pete left the regrets of the 2012 Kuskokwim 300 on the trail as he crossed the finish line this afternoon. A good crowd of well wishers were there to meet Pete and the team to offer support and congratulations. Pete looked in good spirits, but undoubtedly he really wanted to win this thing. His fans, though, would have nothing of it and offered nothing but support and kind words for the young musher. He finishes the race in 11 place. I don’t have the official time yet.
The dogs looked great! Jen Peeks remarked that they looked ready for another run. I followed the team to the dog yard and the well behaved team ran into the barn on their own to find straw and a place out of the wind. The dog yard has a small barn that dogs are allowed to stay in after a race or a long run. The Doggie Hilton is a welcome treat for these great athletes. Their manner was surprisingly upbeat and I was amazed and how spry most of them were.
I set out to interview Pete after the race, but after a bit I realized that he needed a break and a disconnect from this race which he had intended to best last year or even win.
I left him with my words of encouragement and soon we will sit down so his fans can hear the stories from the trail. I told him how proud I was that he stuck with it after losing the trail. He kept racing and putting the best foot forward. As I told him, that’s why we all are supporting him– He’s a class act!
Go Team Kaiser!!
Here are the photos from the finish line-
Mike Williams Jr. and Pete Kaiser have been mushing together in races for several years. Brothers in Mushing, they have run the Iditarod together and fans have always been fond of Mike Jr. I know that if Pete has to come in behind anyone, it would be Mike Jr. or Richie Diehl.
Here are a few photos from Mike Williams Jr. 10th place finish of the Kuskokwim 300.
Deborah BlakeMy plans are to be on 4th Avenue no later than 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and in Willow by 11 a.m. Sunday! And that's after I pray repeatedly for plenty of snow and cold temperatures! PLEASE let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Oh, yeah, and go to the banquet Thursday night! THAT'S THE PLAN!1 · 2 hours ago
Christy Jo Carter WasmerMy plans are to not be a newbie and know what and where to go next year! I missed all the fun this year.2 hours ago
Kathy MorelockGoing to the banquet and will be in Anchorage and Willow, coming from Florida again. Oh it is such a long way off. So sad.2 hours ago
Yolanda Figueroa BackusI'm taking leave next year to plan to trek to Nome for the finish... But not before I see the start in Willow! This year was my first Iditarod and I LOVE IT!2 hours ago
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up1 day ago
Kim Bott-FriendLove the start of series...Can't wait for tomorrow
Check with cable provider...mine gave me channel for few extra bucks.1 day ago
Teresa DanforthFor those that saw mt post about watching it on tv--didn't happen. Could only see the intro. I'm really bummed. Really wanted to see it. I bought a subscription and followed the race very closely. I was rooting for jeff king. Visited his kennel in Denali in august and held several of his puppies.1 · 1 day ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 1 day ago
Bill McLainOne more year before I retire, then I'm planning on volunteering until I can make it to Nome!! Still in withdrawal. Got to attend the start in Anchorage and Re-start this year--I'm hooked!!!5 · 2 days ago
Donna CookI've only been following the sport a couple of years and "I AM HOOKED"! Want to say thank you to the all who make The Iditarod happen. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.6 · 2 days ago
Paula Nations MedlinYep, y'all are right, still going back after 10th trip!! You people wanting to go, please find a way to book that flight...once I did that, I was like...I'm going to AK, Oh my gosh, I'm attending the Iditarod summer camp... I was thrilled. That was all I needed to open up a whole new world to me and my students!!!!1 · 1 day ago
John VibbertsCongratulations to the Fb administrator for having great taste in pictures that are not only beautiful, but also tell a story. I have like them all but the newest one of the lantern is very timely. Thanks.17 hours ago
Mikhail KerenskyPaula, several friends and I are already making plans. I'm like everyone else here who can say I'm hooked! Have been since I was a child. And John, I agree with you that the pictures are extraordinary. I've shared several so people down here in Ohio and the Lower 48 can see how amazing the Iditarod is.10 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 2 days ago
John MurdenAwe and congratulations on all those who finished; admiration for those who competed but could not complete their runs. I'm looking forward to the race DVD to see the details I missed along the way. No way I could ever participate except in spirit! Dogs, mushers, their support teams were all inspirations to all of us race watchers around the world!8 · 2 days ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 2 days ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 2 days ago
Monica SearsSad that it is over, my daughter & I had so much fun keeping up with everyone on the trail......can't wait till next year!!2 · 2 days ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 2 days ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 2 days ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 2 days ago
Stanley WeberThat this was a wild ride for everyone involved and that I was glad to see the last musher to cross the line before anyone else got hurt.2 days ago
Melissa Rigas-DesbonnesWhat an incredible image!!! It is absolutely gorgeous & is ABSOLUTELY the spirit of the Iditarod & the spirit of the native peoples in the great state of Alaska...1 · 2 months ago
Peggy CraveyLove reading the history off this event, some like car racing, some bloat racing, but to me this is a genuine sport, skill demonstrated with animals and the accomplishments when worked in a team..love reading about this race as as am a lover of of dogs that serve a purpose and the skill that is developed with each dog on the team knowing its independent function.1 · 2 months ago
Sue PersonettBeautiful but you need to make those Raven's tails a little bit more wedge shaped. They look like Crows.2 months ago
Kurt LindstromBetter to let people make their own meaning of the art.... "Explaining" it takes away from the individuals interpretation...... When I look at art, I need to be able to make my own PERSONAL connection/meaning.... Given that I have read the "meaning" of the image, I no longer feel my own connection.2 days ago
Kurt LindstromWhen my 5th grade students bring a piece of art that they have created and ask me, "Do you like it?" I respond, "Tell me what you see and thought/felt when you created it."1 · 2 days ago