Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit and his dog team notched another victory early Sunday, winning the Kobuk 440 in Kotzebue.
"Par for the course for this season," Petit told radio station KNOM. "These dogs are kicking butt."
Petit, a 38-year-old ski bum turned competitive musher, won every mid-distance sled dog race he started this year.
The grand prize of Alaska mushing eluded him, however. About three-quarters of the way into the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, Petit seemed in command. But a snowstorm sent him off course. He lost his lead, placing second to first-time winner Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway.
"I'll be thinking about that wrong turn for probably the rest of my life," Petit said soon after he finished the Iditarod.
The Kobuk 440 is the last major sled dog race of the season. Petit and 15 other teams started the race Thursday and traveled from Kotzebue to Kobuk and back in Northwest Alaska.
Petit and his seven-dog team finished the race at 12:08 a.m. Sunday, three hours and 21 minutes ahead of the next musher, Tony Browning of Nenana.
Ellen King (daughter of four-time Iditarod champ Jeff King) placed third and Jessica Klejka, a Big Lake veterinarian, placed fourth.
Petit won $15,000. It was his second Kobuk 440 win. He placed first in 2016 and second last year.
Check the full Kobuk 440 standings here.