Pete Kaiser, 28, of Bethel is still the reigning K300 champion! Pete crossed the finish line this morning at 11:06am with 7 dogs and was greeted by a throng of well-wishers, including his fiancee Bethany, son Ari, mom Janet, dad Ron, among many other family members and friends. Pete is only the 4th person to win back-to-back Kuskokwim 300s. He completed the 300-mile course from Bethel to Aniak and back in 40 hours, 36 minutes, and 21 seconds. Pete will take home $25,000 and is also the winner of the Best in the West award.
Brent Sass, 35, of Eureka pulled in only 8 minutes behind Kaiser with 9 dogs at 11:14am for an elapsed race time of 40 hours, 44 minutes, and 8 seconds. Sass will win $17,000 for his second place finish. Finishing third was Joar Leifseth Ulsom, 28, of Mo I Rana, Norway, who arrived in Bethel at 11:22am. Ulsom will take home $11,500.
The total race purse is $130,000 paid out over 20 places.