In the News- Jen Makes Sports Illustrated

Jen Peeks
Bethel, Alaska > Sled-Dog Racing

From the Article–

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.

Congratulations to Lewis Pavilla!

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!

Bogus Creek 150 Pit Crew

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.

Here’s what she and Ron had to say:

Jenn out of Kwethluk! Lewis Pavilla right on their tails!

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!!

Jenn’s Interview

I spent just a moment with Jenn talking about her team and the race. She sounds pretty excited!