26 signed up for Kusko 300
The 33rd running of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is set for the weekend of Jan. 18. This year’s field of 26 racers includes top contenders in sled dog racing who will compete for prizes totalling $110,000. The race winner will take home $22,000. The second place prize is $16,500 and third is $11,000.
The race starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in Bethel. The course runs from Bethel to Akiachak to Tuluksak to Klaskag to Aniak to Whitefish Lake and then back to Kalskag, Tuluksak, Akiachak and Bethel. Last year’s winner Rohn Buser finished the course with an elapsed time of 41 hours, 12 minutes and 2 seconds.
Also planned for the weekend is the Bogus Creek 150 which starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and the Akiak Dash which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.
The fundraiser raffle for the K300 is also underway. The winner-take-all raffle sells only 5,000 tickets and the winner takes home $50,000. Tickets are $25 each or $100 for a book of five tickets. Tickets are available in Bethel from the K300 merchandise booth, Angstman Law Office, Crowley, ID Variety and Northern Air Cargo. Tickets are available in Aniak from Roxanne Longpre, in Anchorage from Gold Rush Liquor and in Fairbanks from Cold Spot Feeds. Tickets are also available statewide by calling 907-545-7500. The drawing is Jan. 21 at the conclusion of the K300 banquet. The winner does not need to be present to win.