Please read this before registering for the 2021 K300
Covid-19 and the K300:
Policies and Guidelines
These special rules have been established by the K300 Race Committee with input from health advisors and community members concerned with Covid-19 safety. They have been implemented to ensure the safety of the Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) region and K300 participants. Compliance with these rules is mandatory for all racers.
Anyone traveling from outside the YK region must provide proof of a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel to Bethel. Upon arrival in Bethel each visitor will undergo an additional “rapid” test which will be arranged by K300. This policy applies to mushers, handlers and any other visitor associated with the race who is traveling from outside the YK region.
If you feel ill or are experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 we urge you to not travel to Bethel, even if you have a recent negative test.
Registration fees will be refunded for any musher who cannot race because of a positive test or because they have symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
Additionally, any musher who must withdraw as a result of the race date change will receive a full refund.
Mushers who have participated in the K300 before know that we typically arrange for housing in Bethel with the help of volunteer hosts in the community. This year, due to Covid-19, we can't ask people to open their homes so we have arranged for private, commercial lodging for all mushers at three locations.
All mushers traveling from outside the YK region are required to utilize the central lodging and dog lot(s) provided by the K300. Exceptions may be made by the Race Committee on a case by case basis. However, such requests will only be considered for visiting mushers wishing to stay with family members that reside in Bethel – or – if a musher can establish to the committee’s satisfaction that they have arranged their own lodging for themselves and their dogs in quarantine, where they will have no contact with members of the Bethel community.
We urge returning mushers not to contact community members who have hosted them in previous years.
The K300 will cover the cost of lodging from Tuesday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 16. Any musher wishing to stay in Bethel longer will do so at their own expense but must utilize the same facility. Please communicate with the Race Manager if a longer stay is in your plans.
*During the pandemic passenger flights to Bethel have been limited so we urge all mushers to consider booking their travel early to ensure their desired itinerary.*
In the interest of limiting the number of people entering the YK region for the race, we will strictly enforce the existing K300 policy that we can only provide housing for one handler per musher. Racers and their handlers should expect to share a bedroom. Please do not invite any additional family or friends to travel with you.
While in Bethel:
There is currently a mask mandate in effect in the City of Bethel. All mushers and other visitors are required to comply. Read the details here.
Mushers are expected to self-isolate while in Bethel.
The K300 will provide dinners and breakfasts for mushers and handlers during their time in Bethel. Please bring any other food required with you.
The K300 will provide a central dog log lot or lots, adjacent to musher lodging, with 24-hour monitoring, if necessary. We’ll provide access to water and if necessary we will work to create windbreaks. Mushers should plan to box their dogs overnight.
Mushers are advised that, by necessity, the 2021 K300 is going to be very different than in previous years. Most notably, it is likely that some or all checkpoints will be established outside of villages with no access to village infrastructure. Mushers should be prepared to camp and cook at checkpoints. If there is not hot water at a checkpoint there will be HEET provided - bring your own cook gear.
A note about the Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash: Race Rules state that Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash racers may not benefit from the support provided to K300 mushers by the Race Committee – this includes truck support and housing. Given the unique challenges we face this year, particularly with regard to housing, no teams from outside the YK region will be allowed to participate in the Bogus Creek 150 or the Akiak Dash.
After the Race:
While there will be no public, in-person Awards Banquet, we do still hope to have a ceremony of some sort. If we are able to do so, participation will be required of all mushers.
We anticipate that mushers may have questions or concerns about the many modifications we are making to our race week program. Please bear in mind that our plans are evolving and subject to change, particularly as the circumstances of the pandemic change. We're doing the best we can to protect our community and those around us and still find a way to have a race. That being said, please don't hesitate to call Paul Basile, Race Manager, at (907) 545-3300.