Winning photo by Rhoda Nanoak in 2013 Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450
Though the Finish Line for the Norton Sound 450 is 250 miles North of Team Kaiser’s home court, the excitement built to a fever pitch Friday night. I arrived to interview Jen, but found the Kaiser dinner table in a fever pitch due to Pete’s Tracker not moving. It was a nervous time as the unknown crept into everyone’s fears. Then a quick call to Unalakleet and the news came– The front runner had just entered town– It was Pete and the Team! Wahoo!! The mood quickly changed and then Laureli Kineen called to confirm. Pete was going to be first across the line. Then the next challenge- Would it be enough to keep Martin Buser in second.
Pete needed to have at least 4 minutes over Martin for the win. As we listened to the garbled phone in the bathroom we wondered. Coming down the trail was Martin. The clock was ticking literally as we listened to Laureli talk through his crossing of the line. Pete still hadn’t won at this point. Tick Tock and then it came– Martin Buser’s elapsed time was more than Pete and the Team. Officially Team Kaiser had won the race and cheers could be heard from the dining room across the house.
It was truly a fun night win or lose. Everyone gathered to cheer and be together to celebrate the finish.
Here are the photos from tonight’s Kaiser Finish Bethel style!
Listening to the Finish in Unalakleet
Here is the audio from KNOM. Same deal as before! We listened to the Finish in the Kaiser Bathroom (The quietest room in the house during the Finish!)
Here is an interview I got just after the race as well- Pete sounds upbeat and he relates all of the drama from the trail:
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Pete and the Team crossed the Finish Line at 6:44:02 just ahead of Martin Buser who crossed at 6:51:10. With the differential of 4 minutes he still wins by 3 minutes.
Team Kaiser’s Elapsed time was 4 hours and 12 minutes.
Congratulations Pete and all of the Team!
Word from the trail, Pete has taken the lead!
Trucks out on the trail just saw Pete and the Team pass about 2 miles from the Finish Line.
Pete has a 3/4 mile lead over the next musher. Laureli Kineen just confirmed it.
Team Kaiser should cross the finish line in the next 2o miles.
Word from Unalakleet is that there are 3 mushers running up front. A pilot flying from Koyuk into Unalakleet saw three mushers close to the fron
Shaktoolik looking Southeast towards Unalakleet. Sunshine and Windy.
The front runners, including Team Kaiser have a 16 hour rest under their belt on the run back to Unalakleet. Also in their favor is the wind as it will be on their backs for some of the way. We’ll keep you posted! Go Team Kaiser!