Iten wins Kuskokwim 300 title

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2004

The Associated Press

BETHEL - Kotzebue musher Ed Iten won the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race on Sunday, marking his best career finish.

Iten, who works as a carpenter in the summer and races dogs in the winter, will collect $20,000. Iten has competed in numerous Kuskokwim 300 races and finished second in 1993.

Iten bested seven-time Kuskokwim winner and reigning champion Jeff King and former champion Martin Buser, who finished second. Buser and King have won seven Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championships between them.

Iten finished the course in 40 hours, seven minutes, 42 seconds. Racing on a small budget and with a small team, Iten credits the experience of his dogs.

"These guys are not real pretty, but they've worked together for two years now, so they just clicked," Iten told The Anchorage Daily News.

Race organizers said this year's event was one of the coldest in its 25-year history, with temperatures dipping into minus-40s.

Myron Angstman, board chairman for the K-300, said Iten typically trains in such weather outside Kotzebue where he lives.

Rookie musher Dallas Seavey, the 16-year-old son of Iditarod veteran Mitch Seavey, finished fourth. Seavey had sought special permission to enter the event due to his young age.

Greg Larson set a race record for the Akiak Dash - a 65-mile sprint from Bethel to Akiak - with an elapsed time of five hours, 29 minutes, 15 seconds. The old record was set in 2001 by John Riley.

Huey Larson, of Kodiak, won the Bogus Creek 150, a race from Bethel to Bogus Creek. Larson missed the course record set in 1999 by Norman Black by five minutes.

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