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.
After a long run from Elim to White Mountain, Team Kaiser will arrive into White Mountain with a 6 minute lead. Now for a meal, some sleep, and a break from the Trail. The mandatory layover here is 8 hours which will put the leaders back on the trail just before 9pm this evening. That will put the finish tomorrow morning!
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After spending a bit more time figuring out the Tracker, I find that Pete also took a good break in Elim. This will negate the Golovin rest as previously reported. Look for a push to White Mountain and the Mandatory 8 hour layover. This stretch can be one of the most important as whatever time the team can advance into White Mountain will be the lead they will start with on the final push to the finish with a good rest break. Team Kaiser is easily the team to beat, but in Dog Sled racing, anything can and usually will happen, so the advantage they build here is really very important.
Go Team Kaiser!
Mushers are back on the trail to White Mountain and a mandatory 8 hour layover. I spoke with Janet this evening and they are expecting a finish tomorrow evening. It is unclear if there wp was a Mushers Meeting in Koyuk, but after the problems with the trail markers, apparently the rest of the trail has been upgraded with more reflective markers. That will make it a bit easier on teams.
Pete and the Team cut a bit of rest to take the lead earlier in the race, so the added rest from the Koyuk break will have helped Team Kaiser more than others. This run from Koyuk to White Mountain will be 10-12 hours depending on conditions. Then a sprint to Nome!
A Big Thanks to Ryan Air for transportation for Team Kaiser and Team Diehl!
Congratulations to all the Mushers and Volunteers for another fabulous race. Jenn received a real nice trophy for her first place Bogus Creek win. Pete also thanks everyone for their support. A mushing program is in many ways a community effort. There are so many folks that participate even just by cheering the team on. Next stop is the Iditarod and it is right around the corner!
Here are the photos from this evening’s event–
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.
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.