Kuskokwim 300 started after delay

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BETHEL - The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is off and running from Bethel after being stalled by warm weather.

Iditarod champion Jeff King of Denali Park was in the lead Monday, followed by John Baker of Kotzebue four minutes later and Iditarod champion Martin Buser of Big Lake. The two mushers left the Aniak checkpoint at the same time.

The 308-mile sled dog race was postponed for two days because of warm weather and mushy trails. The race kicked off Sunday afternoon with 16 teams entered in the $100,000 race.

Baker was the first musher in and out of Tukuksak, 48 miles into the race. He was followed by defending champion Mitch Seave, of Sterling.

Ed Iten of Kotzebue was in fourth, followed by Seavey who had fallen to fifth place.

Seavey last year took home the $20,000 first prize. He covered the course in 49 hours, 37 minutes and 44 seconds.

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