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.
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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.
What a great finish. Both mushers across the line Families excited and mushers relieved. Pete in excellent spirits
Mike us about 1000 feet or less than a quarter mile ahead. Pete has made up a bunch of ground since Kwethluk. It’s going to be close. Headed out to watch and I’ll keep you posted.
Richie beat me to the finish line! I looked at the tracker and finished an update only to hear that he was already at Brown’s Slough!! So I raced across town in record time to catch the finish line activities, but my apologies for not getting him crossing! Congratulations Richie Diehl!!
The Finish is coming soon for Team Kaiser. Pete arrived into Kwethluk about 5 minutes ago. Mike Williams Jr. has about a 20 minute lead on him at this point. I just came from the Finish line and got some photos of Richie Diehl. His team looked real nice and Team Kaiser was there to take care of him. It is a beautiful day, but the wind and temperatures are trying to put a damper on it.
See Ya down there!
Richie Diehl is set to arrive within the hour. He is just entering Straight Slough which is about actually 30 minutes from the Finish.
Team Kaiser is running in 11th place about a mile behind Mike Williams Jr. They are just leaving the Kuskokwim in to the slough that will take them to Kwethluk. I anticipate probably 2 hours and 30 minutes for those two mushers to arrive.
Go on down and cheer on these musher and all the mushers! It’s been a long tough journey, but the reward is in your congratulations!
See Ya Down there!