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!!
Mary Lynn RoushMy respect for her grows and grows. Hope her hand has healed, and eager to see what's next. Go Aliy!1 · 1 hour ago
Susan Martineau LavigneFascinating interview, and to hear her thoughts about what she went through. I love her realizing that humans can do so much more than they think they can when things really get tough. She is one tough, logical-thinking woman whom I would love to see come in first next year!41 minutes ago
Joan Parker:) Better Luck Next Year Aliy.37 minutes ago
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!2 · 12 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.12 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.12 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!11 hours ago
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up2 days 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.2 days 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 · 2 days ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 2 days 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 · 2 days 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.1 day 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.19 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