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.
We are so proud of Jennifer Peeks. She and the team really had no expectation of winning. The green rookie just was going to try to have a clean race and have a good time. She is the first Woman to win the Bogus Creek 150 and Team Kaiser couldn’t be happier for her. Congratulations Jennifer!!
Our congratulations go out to Lewis Pavilla of Bad River Kennels from Kwethluk. They were the team to beat and besting them is a true accomplishment. Their dedication to the Bogus Creek 150 is truly what makes it special. I talked with Lewis after his finish and he told me he had won the 150 FOUR times! What an accomplishment! Here are a few photos of this great Musher and his wife!
I asked Jenn about the Checkpoint at the Bogus Creek 150. Unlike other races, in the Bogus Creek 150, a team has a “Pit Crew” that gets the camp all setup for the team once they arrive. Bogus Creek is in the wild, so everything must be brought in. Tents, Food, and other supplies are brought up by the Pit Crew.
UPDATE– Dropped a dog in Kwethluk…Just off the phone with Rick Hanson. Team Kaiser Jenn is out of Kwethluk and on the trail to Bethel. She has (7) dogs and is poling and having a great time. Lewis Pavilla, a veteran Bogus Musher, is right behind them. It is going to be a real battle as goes head to head for the finish! Go on down and support team Kaiser!!
Sebastian has mentioned a couple of terms common to mushing, ski-poling and a fan hitch. A musher holds a ski pole and rhythmically swings the arms up and down, pushing against the snow with the pole tip to give the team a little assist with forward motion. Sebastian has nicknamed Aliy “Spiderwoman” because she’s using 2 poles to do this, one in each hand. Look at pictures of her doing this in his article, Yukon River–Galena to Nulato. Learn more at this article... http://iditarod.com/ski-poling-and-fan-hitches/...
Sebastian has mentioned a couple of terms common to mushing, ski-poling and a fan hitch. A musher holds a ski pole and rhythmically swings the arms up and down, pushing against the snow with the pole tip to give the team a little assist with forward motion. Sebastian has nicknamed Aliy “Spiderwoma...
Bright sun bathes resting dogs. Side by side, Iditarod champs Dallas Seavey, Jeff king, Mitch Seavey teams rest on their straw beds. Veterinarians make regular rounds from the dogs, back to the checkpoint, and back again as another team arrives.
Aliy came into Nulato in 3rd place. Parking is a little bit different here this year, not out back in the big ball field, teams are parked right next to gym. So all 3 teams are parked right next to each other. Sonny is getting some rest, while Martin is outside with his dogs. Aliy immediately proce...
Joe SheaderWant to say you all at the Insider are doing a great job and have some good writers... and not taking away anything from them but you might look into inviting Dallas Seavey wife Jen? (if that is her name) on to your future report staff also. Her articulate writing and explanations of events on Dallas's facebook page are some of the best I've found ANYWHERE covering the race.4 · 2 hours ago
Iditarod Trail CommitteeGreat idea... however, there are many other family members of mushers who write great articles, too, and to be fair, we try to have writers who are not family members of mushers.55 minutes ago