Food Drop day is a big milestone leading up to the Yukon Quest, which begins in Whitehorse on Feb. 7. Not only is it a logistical challenge, but purchasing thousands of dollars worth of supplies is probably the biggest financial commitment for mushers.
Not since 1986 has a Bethel musher won the world's premier middle-distance race. “It's cool it's finally happened,” winner Pete Kaiser said at the finish line. Defending champion Rohn Buser of Big Lake finished second and nine-time winner Jeff King was third. Lisa Demer
Those involved call it the best mid-distance sled dog race in the world. The town and region embrace it. Now mushers say they are ready for an icy, hard, fast and lucrative Kuskokwim 300, which starts Friday on the river that defines this part of Alaska.Lisa Demer
Village-based crews used a bulldozer and a repurposed 5,000-pound steel plate to clear a road through a huge ice jumble as communities up and down the Kuskokwim River prepare for the region’s prime winter event: the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race.Lisa Demer