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Kaiser top Y-K musher in Iditarod


Pete Kaiser of Bethel is the top musher from the Y-K Delta in this year’s Iditarod. Kaiser of Bethel ran a strong race and finished the race in 13th place. Runing in his fourth Iditarod, he crossed the finish line with nine dogs at 8:36 a.m. March 13 with an overall time of 9 days 17 hours 36 minutes and 34 seconds and a average speed of 4.23 miles per hour.

Kaiser finished 28th in 2010, his rookie race. Then he went on to finish eighth in 2011 and fifth last year. Earlier this year Kaiser won his second straight Norton Sound 450 and took third in the Kuskokwim 300.

Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak came in 23rd with nine dogs at 4:57 p.m. March 13. He ran the race in 10 days 1 hour 57 minutes and 30 seconds with an average speed of 4.08 miles per hour.

Richie Diehl of Aniak took the 36th position in his first running the Iditarod. He finished with 11 dogs at 1:32 p.m. March 15 with an overall times of 10 days 22 hours 32 minutes and 6 seconds and averaged 3.76 miles per hour.

Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak finished his 15th Iditarod with nine dogs at 4:35 p.m. March 15 in the 45th position. He ran the course in 12 days 35 minutes and 50 seconds with an average speed of 3.42 miles per hour.

Seavey wins second Iditarod

After a close contest, Mitch Seavey crossed the finish line late March 12 to win his second Iditarod and become the oldest musher to win the 41-year-old sled dog race.

The 54-year-old musher from Sterling and his dog team mushed under the burled arch in Nome at 10:40 p.m. March 12 with 10 dogs in harness. He finished the 1,000-mile race in 9 days 7 hours 39 minutes and 56 seconds with an average speed of 4.41 miles per hour.

Seavey takes home a cash prize of $50,400 and a 2012 Dodge Ram truck.

Aliy Zirkle was hot on his heels in the final days of this year’s run from Willow to Nome. She was less than five miles behind Seavey for much of that time and mostly just two miles behind him. Zirkle again placed second this year, coming in at 11:03 p.m. just 23 minutes behind Seavey. Last year she dogged Mitch’s son, Dallas Seavey, to take second behind Dallas’ win.

Third place this year went to veteran musher and four-time winner, Jeff King. King passed under the arch 22 minutes after midnight on Wednesday.

Last year’s champion, and son of Mitch, Dallas Seavey made it to the Front Street finish at 1:22 a.m. March 13 morning to take fourth place.

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