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–
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.
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!!
We are so proud of Jennifer Peeks. She and the team really had no expectation of winning. The green rookie just was going to try to have a clean race and have a good time. She is the first Woman to win the Bogus Creek 150 and Team Kaiser couldn’t be happier for her. Congratulations Jennifer!!
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!
The whole team was raring to go. It started with Jenn’s team– They were really excited to be heading out. Then came Pete and the First String. They were all happy and just seemed ready to head out. Pete and the family were also in good spirits. Janet’s nephew showed up by surprise from Illiamna to help out with chores and such! What a great surprise! In any case, they left without problems. The Kusko Boys from the Iditarod, Mike Williams Jr. and Pete Kaiser left the chute together. Kind of a neat thing after the last couple of years running together on the Iditarod.
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up18 hours ago
Kim Bott-FriendLove the start of series...Can't wait for tomorrow
Check with cable provider...mine gave me channel for few extra bucks.18 hours ago
Teresa DanforthFor those that saw mt post about watching it on tv--didn't happen. Could only see the intro. I'm really bummed. Really wanted to see it. I bought a subscription and followed the race very closely. I was rooting for jeff king. Visited his kennel in Denali in august and held several of his puppies.1 · 17 hours ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 17 hours ago
Bill McLainOne more year before I retire, then I'm planning on volunteering until I can make it to Nome!! Still in withdrawal. Got to attend the start in Anchorage and Re-start this year--I'm hooked!!!5 · 1 day ago
Donna CookI've only been following the sport a couple of years and "I AM HOOKED"! Want to say thank you to the all who make The Iditarod happen. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.6 · 1 day ago
Paula Nations MedlinYep, y'all are right, still going back after 10th trip!! You people wanting to go, please find a way to book that flight...once I did that, I was like...I'm going to AK, Oh my gosh, I'm attending the Iditarod summer camp... I was thrilled. That was all I needed to open up a whole new world to me and my students!!!!1 · 18 hours ago
John VibbertsCongratulations to the Fb administrator for having great taste in pictures that are not only beautiful, but also tell a story. I have like them all but the newest one of the lantern is very timely. Thanks.3 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 1 day ago
John MurdenAwe and congratulations on all those who finished; admiration for those who competed but could not complete their runs. I'm looking forward to the race DVD to see the details I missed along the way. No way I could ever participate except in spirit! Dogs, mushers, their support teams were all inspirations to all of us race watchers around the world!8 · 1 day ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 1 day ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 1 day ago
Monica SearsSad that it is over, my daughter & I had so much fun keeping up with everyone on the trail......can't wait till next year!!2 · 1 day ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 1 day ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 1 day ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 1 day ago
Stanley WeberThat this was a wild ride for everyone involved and that I was glad to see the last musher to cross the line before anyone else got hurt.1 day ago
Melissa Rigas-DesbonnesWhat an incredible image!!! It is absolutely gorgeous & is ABSOLUTELY the spirit of the Iditarod & the spirit of the native peoples in the great state of Alaska...1 · 2 months ago
Peggy CraveyLove reading the history off this event, some like car racing, some bloat racing, but to me this is a genuine sport, skill demonstrated with animals and the accomplishments when worked in a team..love reading about this race as as am a lover of of dogs that serve a purpose and the skill that is developed with each dog on the team knowing its independent function.1 · 2 months ago
Sue PersonettBeautiful but you need to make those Raven's tails a little bit more wedge shaped. They look like Crows.2 months ago
Kurt LindstromBetter to let people make their own meaning of the art.... "Explaining" it takes away from the individuals interpretation...... When I look at art, I need to be able to make my own PERSONAL connection/meaning.... Given that I have read the "meaning" of the image, I no longer feel my own connection.2 days ago
Kurt LindstromWhen my 5th grade students bring a piece of art that they have created and ask me, "Do you like it?" I respond, "Tell me what you see and thought/felt when you created it."1 · 2 days ago