For the first time, the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race has a full-time manager.
Paul Basile of Bethel will manage the race, organizers announced May 19.
The Kuskokwim 300 is known as a premier mid-distance Alaska mushing race and a popular event in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Western Alaska and beyond.
Every January, mushers race from Bethel to Aniak and back, a distance of about 300 miles.
Basile replaces Madelene Reichard, who held a part-time position until July 1, the announcement said.
Basile first moved to Bethel in 2002.
Correction: A previous version of this misstated several facts. Paul Basile is the manager, not director, of the Kuskokwim 300. The announcement was made in May. Madelene Reichard served as race manager for three years as well as working at the Lower Kuskokwim School District.