Meet Pete!


Pete is looking forward to running his fifth Iditarod which gets underway on March 2, 2014 in Anchorage. He is hoping for a return to the Top Ten this year. As always, the field looks very competitive. However, Pete’s main goal is to finish the race with a healthy, happy team.
Pete will be driving a frisky bunch, as more than half of the team is young dogs. They’re stepping into some big shoes after late season injuries sidelined some of the favored veterans. Although the young dogs lack experience, they are eager and enthusiastic. The challenge will be to keep them slowed down and get them around the course. As Pete has said, “it’s a long way to Nome. “
The path to this year’s Iditarod had plenty of twists and turns. Early training got off to a great start in Bethel. With the help of Peter Reuter, more dogs than usual got into harness for the early hook ups. But training came to a near halt with a later than usual freeze up and very little snow. Freeze up was then followed by near break up when warm weather quickly returned. The erratic weather pattern continued until early December. That’s when Pete realized he’d have to do something extreme to save his season. He needed to take the dogs, lock, stock and barrel, to snow in the interior, on the road system, to resume training.
The move was made possible by a very kind invitation from fellow musher Aaron Burmeister. Come to Nenana, he said, and train at his place. Aaron, originally from Nome, knew that no snow in the bush meant no training for mushers like Richie Diehl, Mike Williams, Jr. and Pete. Pete’sdecision to go wasn’t made lightly: it was difficult to leave home with the holidays around the corner, it was costly, and what if the weather improved? But on December 10, over 3,000 pounds of dogs, sleds, food and gear were ready for a NAC flight to Anchorage, which was followed by a highway drive to Nenana. Aaron welcomed the team and they found the training conditions they needed. While Bethel continued warm and mostly snowless for December, January, February the team trained in Nenana.
In January, Pete and Peter Reuter came to Bethel for the Kuskokwim 300. Pete finished 8th and Peter Reuter finished 23rd. They hoped to remain in Bethel after that, but warm weather once again left the ground snowless. They stayed long enough to pack Iditarod drop bags, with help from Ron, Dawn Reuter and Jen Peeks, and then once again, the team flew back to Anchorage and drove to Nenana. They trained there until late February when it was time to go to Anchorage for the big one, Iditarod.
Training on the road system is a first for Pete. He’s always been able to train at home, but this year’s weather forced a big change. He felt it was go or lose the season. Last year was similar, but he didn’t have to go as far to find snow. Aniak had good conditions, and he had a fine place to stay with the Diehls, as he and Richie trained together. But this year, even Aniak was snow starved and Richie also had to leave home to train.
Being away from home and family, the extra expenses to fly around and the uncertain weather have already made this a year to remember, even before Iditarod 2014 starts.
As always, Pete considers himself very fortunate to be doing something he loves. The continued support of loyal sponsors is most appreciated, as is the support of a wonderful community and family. It takes a lot to compete in races against the best of the best, and he could not do it alone.
Pete is 26 years old. He graduated from Bethel High School in 2005, and attended college before deciding to pursue dog mushing full time. Last summer Pete had a change of employment. After five summers working for Bering Marine on the Kuskokwim River, he opted to stay on land to be near his young son, Ari, who is now 18 months old. Instead, he worked for a Bering Marine partner company, Knik Construction, on the Bethel airport project.

Pete’s Race History
8th Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel
8th Place Denali Doubles, Denali Park
1st Place Paul Johnson Memorial Race, Unalakleet-Nome
3rd Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel
13th Place Iditarod, Anc-Nome
4th Place Kobuk 440, Kotzebue
11th Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel
1st Place Paul Johnson Memorial Race, Unalakleet-Nome
5th Place Iditarod, Anc-Nome
3rd Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel
8th Place Iditarod, Anc-Nome
1st Place Kobuk 440, Kotzebue
10th Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel
28th Place Iditarod, Anc-Nome ROOKIE YEAR
3rd Place Kobuk 440, Kotzeube

6th Place Kuskokwim 300, Bethel ROOKIE YEAR
4th Place Tustemena 200, Sterling ROOKIE YEAR
3rd Place Kobuk 440, Kotzebue ROOKIE YEAR

36 Responses to Meet Pete!

  1. sewa says:

    Go Pete im following you through the race hope you win cheerz

  2. Alex Annise says:

    Hi Pete,
    I am in second grade and I will be following you this year when you race the Iditirod.
    Your dogs are so cute….what are their names?
    Which is your lead dog?
    I hope you win!

  3. Eddie Joyce Ray says:

    I’m your sister Judy’s best friend, we went to London together. I’ve heard lot’s about you all. Good Luck to you Pete we’ll be watching!

  4. Peggy Parsons says:

    Hi Pete i am a friend of your cousin Chris Owens. Nice to have someone to root for. Good luck!

  5. Miss Bartz says:

    Hi Pete,
    We are a fifth grade class from Dunlap Elementary in Battle Creek, Michigan. We are tracking your progress as a part of our March reading month activities. Our school chose the Iditarod as our theme this year and we were lucky to get you as our musher. We were wondering if you think of your dogs more as family or as teammates? We hope that you and your dogs stay healthy and that you try your best. Don’t give up and we’re supporting you!

  6. sam says:

    hi Pete

    I am a big fan hope you win!

  7. Matt Wendel says:

    I’m a third grade teacher in Rochester, NY and my kids all chose a musher. Some chose you and I’m looking for an address for them to send you some fan mail but it’s not on your website. Can you send me the address?

  8. Lead Dog says:

    Hi Kids and Everyone! Send the your eMail to
    Thanks for support Pete and the Team!

  9. elizabeth says:

    Hi Pete.
    I am a first grader and we are following the iditarod at school and we each picked a musher to follow and I picked you.

    Hope you do good!

  10. Hadleigh says:

    Hi Pete,

    I live in Battle Creek Michigan. Me and my family are hoping you win but if you don’t win that is ok because we all know you tried your best!!! We all support what you do no matter what. Don’t ever give up!! Keep trying your best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope all of your dogs stay healthy and of course you too!!!!!!

  11. Bannana Man says:

    Hi pete you are a cool guy I am in 1st grade, I like bannanas to.

  12. sam says:

    hi pete

    you are doing good oh what are your dogs names?

    your biggest fan sam

  13. Morgan says:

    Hi Pete, my class has choosen you as our class musher. I hope you will win but even more I hope you and your dogs stay heathly !

  14. Hadleigh says:

    You are doing great pete!!!!!!! Keep up the hard work!!!! Stay warm!!!! Hope you and the dogs are ok!!!!!

  15. Megan says:

    Hi I’m megan I’m in fifth grade in Illinois, I have you as my musher….. You’re great!!!! Don’t give up!!!!:)

  16. Amy Hays says:

    Hi Pete, I learned from a distant cousin of mine (Lois) that you are related to me (2 ways, no less) and about your doing this race. She said your goal for this race was to at least place in the top 5 and I’ve been keeping track from the beginning. Must say I’m impressed and proud. My mom informed me that we are double distant cousins…my maternal grandmother (Angela) was a Leiker and my paternal grandfather (Clarence) was a Pfannenstiel. Good job, cuz

  17. Regina says:

    Hello…..from Kansas!!!! I am the activity coordinator at a Retirement Community here in Salina, Kansas. Our residents have been following the race day by day, but the main interest was YOU….because your Grandma’s cousin (Rosalie) lives here!!!!! I have been interested in the race for a couple of years, and when I heard someone had connections to a musher….wow that made it even better!!!….I had a poster up of all the details and we updated the poster twice a day so our residents could see your results, plus some of the pictures.
    Congratulations on your 5th place…what an accomplishment!!!!

  18. brandon says:

    Hi pete, i’m 12 year old and your teacher back in school is my science teacher this year miss bovey. I have been watching you the whole race and been rooting for you. congratulations 5th place wwooww go job.

    by Brandon pizzini

  19. Don Robinson says:

    Congratulations, you worked hard and had a GREAT race!

  20. mady purvis says:

    Hey Pete me and my class were following you the whole way! Do you love your dogs like family and friends? My family does. Any way, you did great!!

  21. Cierra says:

    Hey just wanted to say good luck

  22. dude says:

    go pete

  23. dude says:

    hi pete

  24. Seamus says:

    I hope you win the Iditarod!! Good Luck!!!

  25. Rachel says:

    Hi Pete, I’m wishing you some good luck. My class is doing a project on the Iditarod. I chose you for my musher. I really hope you win.

  26. Gary D says:

    great bio jannet It is indeed a good read

  27. Cindy Kaiser says:


  28. Anita says:

    Have a safe race. Best wishes from all of us in Chicago. We’ll be cheering you on from here. So proud!!

  29. Alan B. Cox says:

    Good Luck, Pete! May the force be with you during this Iditarod. Kansas fans,
    Alan and Dana Cox

  30. Judy says:

    Watching the race in oklahoma. Rooting for you.

  31. Lillian says:

    Hi Pete, have a great race and be careful. Love you much.

  32. Beverly Hoffman says:

    Go Pete, We’ll be cheering you all the way to Nome! Speed on safely!

  33. Caitlin miner says:

    Hi peter a like all of your dogs but love Kronekite

  34. Liam S says:

    Hi Pete! I am in 3rd grade and for my class project, I followed you for the whole race. Congratulations on finishing the race, way to go!!

  35. Pete Kaiser says:

    Hi Pete,

    I’m your namesake in Scotland whose photo pops up next to yours when you do a Google search for our name – just thought I’d touch base!



  36. zak says:

    hey when where you born

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