Pete and the Team are doing a fine job on this last section of the Trail. What is really interesting is his trail time- It’s virtually identical to his time going outbound!!
Team Kaiser took about 1 hour 20 minutes between Kwethluk and Akiak on the way up and have almost the same time on the way down. This type of speed over long distances will really pay out in the Iditarod, and for the Kusko it really is helping as well.
This has to be such a thrill and I am sure Pete and the Team are very excited. I also know, that of virtually everone I know, Pete keeps an “eye on the prize” so to speak and is very focused on running a fast clean race and keeping everyone behind him. We have seen this time and time again where he will stick to a game plan and keep the battle going until the end.
This isn’t the first race he has led, and that leader experience is paying dividends now– Don’t get too excited, let’s just finish this thing!
The race is far from over and Rohn and Jeff are still just on Pete’s heels, but he is holding them off at this point. I am thinking a Race finish between 5:15 and 6:00am at this point.
My analytics shows that a multitude of Team Kaiser Race Fans are tuned in! Thank You for showing your support for this fine young musher! Go Team GO! Go Team Kaiser!!
It was thought that a person could catch a catnap to ready for the finish line…
That’s hardly an option!!
Mr. Kaiser and his Team are now leading the 2015 Kuskokwim 300! Rohn Buser is not giving up without a fight and the two young men and their Teams are battling away as Jeff King maintains his 3rd position about 3 miles behind them. Not far behind Jeff, Tony Browning lies awaiting as well in 4th position. As the three teams pass in front of Akiak, the drama continues on the Kuskokwim. The Finish is going to be a barn burner with 6 Teams coming across in under an hour. I figure the Winner will cross between 5 and 6am at this point.
We are all on the edge of our seats! Join Us! Go Pete Go!!
The battle is hardly over as we have 3 hours of racing in front of us!
As Pete said in his KYUK Interview and also in our Pre-Race Interview. The Team will go as fast as its able and that will be that. For those of us watching the Tracker though, well, that’s easier said than done.
The next 5 to 6 hours will go pretty slow for us as we see the race unfold. The top six teams are within an hour of the leader!
Both Rohn and Pete are now back on the trail and, in a short bit, will be joined by Jeff King.
This, Folks, is why we are all here! It’s really not who wins or loses, it’s seeing the action and feeling the excitement! Enjoy it as it doesn’t get better than this. So many times there is a sure winner. That’s never this much fun!
I think back, just last year, when Jeff King himself had to scratch at SAFETY in the Iditarod! Anything can happen in this last 50 miles so enjoy the ride! It’s going to be a fun one!!
The story line is great as the reigning Champ is followed closely by the Hometown favorite, but never much out of the reach of the wise old fox, Jeff King.
It’s getting pretty exciting down here at Team Kaiser Central. Pete and his Team have 7 short minutes to make up on the 50 mile section from Tuluksak.
In terms of a Finish Time, it is looking like an early morning, but maybe not as early as expected previously. My Guess #2 is now between 5:30am and 7am. Rohn can leave first at 12:31am followed closely by Pete and the Team at 12:38. Jackie Larson’s Team made the trek in just under 6 hours. I am not sure the speed difference between a Bogus Team and a K300 Team, but I would venture to guess that the K300 Teams may be a bit faster. Last year, Rohn made the trip in 5 hours, which would put the Teams near the mark of 5:30 and 7:00am.
Here is the make up of the top 10 Teams into Tuluksak:
Official Times are now posted- Notice 17 Minute gain in 50 miles. Looking to see Jeff Kings Times…
Tuluksak (inbound) checkin time
Tuluksak (inbound) enroute time
It’s all in the minutes now. Pete and the Team left Kalskag 24 minutes behind Rohn Buser and now is just 1/2 mile or so back as they enter the Tuluksak checkpoint and a 4 hour layover. Each musher must plan their minutes very carefully here so as not to cause any problems. The luxury they have, though, is that they are “Off the Clock” so to speak and can snack their dogs, bed them down a bit and maybe take a short break themselves.
Pete has gained 24 minutes in the course of 50 miles, but his competition might not be in front of him as Jeff King is bearing down from the rear. He also has made up quite a bit of time and once the official times are in, we will know how much work Pete has in store for him on the last 50 miles into Bethel.
Bogus 150 Musher Louis Pavilla arrived soaking wet from kicking so hard in his attempt to catch Winner Jackie Larson. A bit of rest might be in order for our favorite musher to prepare for this next challenge to the finish.
Stay Tuned! GO TEAM Kaiser!
Mushing Weather for tonight has similar conditions as they have been encoutering since Kalskag with a possibility of a bit more snow. The trail is well marked, so a bit of snow shouldn’t cause any difficulty.
TONIGHT...SNOW LIKELY IN THE EVENING EAST OF BETHEL...THEN A
CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. ELSEWHERE...ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS.
LITTLE OR NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. LOWS 5 BELOW TO 5 ABOVE INLAND
SOUTHWEST WIND TO 15 MPH.
Playing with Statistics as Teams head down the river towards Tuluksak and a 4 hour break:
Just using outbound times for Rohn Buser, the elapsed time (not taking into account any checkpoint times) for his Team was 8hrs 11 minutes. Add 4 hours to that and add that to departure time from Kalskag on the way down at 1/1715 at 15:52. That puts a Finish as early as 4:00am or so.
Factors to consider:
Whether speed can maintain on latter part of the race.
Conditions are different now that there is snow on the trail
Temperatures are cooler without rain or water on the trail.
Checkpoint times to drop dogs
It’s going to be an early one. In the old days before the tracker, we wouldn’t know until a snowmachiner ran into headquarters with the news- “They’re Coming!” The tracker is really a blessing!
One of the jolliest guys I know, and gracious to the end. I’m sure he was hoping for a better finish, but in the end, he pulled off a pretty good feat– He made it around with healthy dogs, He didn’t get hurt, and he got in some great training for the B-Team. The Team looked great as they crossed the line, they’ll just need a bit more training to get on the Varsity squad.
Here are Ron’s photos- Congratulations on a job well done!