Bev Hoffman was kind enough to get a couple of interviews for Team Kaiser. We will be watching these two young men as they mush on the Iditarod Trail. Bev and I go way way back. I started the K300 website years ago after suggesting it to her. She was hesitant, but said go for it. In those days all communication was by fax. After that year there was only one fax in Headquarters. The third year was all transitioned to web. She’s a natural as a communicator and did an awesome job for us in these interviews.
KYUK’s Mark Aerhart is tired… I’ve done it and reporting can be as tough as mushing the race itself.
In the following clip he makes a reference to Pete’s longest run from Bethel to Aniak. That was actually the run from Kalskag through Aniak back to Kalskag and into Tuluksak- 15 hours – Awesome Team!! Pete sounds really upbeat and positive about the race.
He also makes a reference to Richie Diehl getting homecooked food in Aniak. Richie spoke with Will Peterson in Kalskag last night and he said he WISHED he had stayed in Aniak. He had a couple of minor injuries in the team and said he probably should have stayed in Aniak before heading on.
In other news- It’s raining lightly in Bethel. This will slow the trail a bit if it continues, lets hope for a bit cooler day.
GPS tracker shows Rohn Buser dropping to 5th place. With such tightly packed group, just a short stop to change a dog untangle a harness will can cost you dearly.
Jeff King was through Akiachak at about 9 this morning. Lewis Pavila was through at 8:45am yesterday. They are about on the identical pace which would put Jeff King into the K300 Finish about 10:30am this morning.
Listen to the report:
Pete and the Team are in a 4 team race for 2nd place. Kaiser race fans will remember this same shootout last year on the Iditarod trail to Unalakleet. In that race there were 3 teams battling it out and today we have 4. That experience though will pay out as I am sure Pete will be a little less nervous and just run his race.
Team Kaiser appears to holding a solid 4th place- I found not to look to closely at the tracker, but to watch the recording feature that puts it all in a little movie. When you watch it this way you can see how the mushers are really stacking up.
King’s GPS shows him through Akiak on his way to an unbelievable 9th Victory. The Grandparents of these dogs ran this race to Championships!
KYUK is predicting a 11-Noon finish for King, but I would put it closer to 10-10:30. Once his team checks into Akiachak, we can compare Lewis Pavila’s time from yesterday and come up with a better guess.
Listen to the 8am Report:
Jeff may be the King of the Kusko, but there are several mushers that aren’t going to just let it happen without a fight. King stopped for 18 minutes in Kalskag and is about an hour in front of the next group. The group right behind him didn’t waste much time either. Rohn Buser, Paul Gepbhardt, Joar Ulsom, and Tony Browning all stopped just long enough though, for Pete and the Team to show up and add their name to the group. In the 10pm KYUK report Peterson said that Pete’s team looked good and mentioned that it looked better than Rohn’s team. He predicted that the race was for second place and that Gepbhardt and Kaiser would be making a play along those lines. The others though, not to be outdone also left in a hurry.
Presently there is a five way shooting match to see who will be the one to move into second place. The GPS seems to make it exciting, but realistically they teams aren’t moving in and out of different places as much as it is the delay in the GPS. As the group moves down the trail we should expect to see it play out as the teams stretch out a bit. This has been quite a long run– one of the longest and some teams are going to be a bit more tired than others.
Maybe… The amazing thing is the group of mushers after this front group. A string of 7 mushers all arrived into Kalskag within minutes of each other. It just shows the level of competition and quality of this year’s field of mushers. Fun to watch to be sure!
Listen here to the 10pm report.