Richie Diehl, of Aniak, claimed his first Bogus Creek 150 victory in a race that featured a deep, competitive field of 17 teams competing on a modified course. For his victory Diehl claims a prize of $8,775 out of total purse of $60,000.
Ron Kaiser, of Bethel, finished second, with his son Pete coming 3 minutes behind him to claim third place. Father Alexander Larson, of Napaskiak, came in fourth with Isaac Underwood, of Aniak, rounding out the top five. Full results with prize payouts are listed below.
It was a beautiful weekend on the Kuskokwim with temperatures hovering between -5 and -10 most of the time with little wind. Spectators and mushers alike enjoyed the fact that much of the race took place in daylight, owed to the race starting at noon rather than 5pm as it does most years.
Seventeen year-old Raymond Alexie, of Kwethluk, placed 8th and claimed Rookie of the Year.
Up next, the Kuskokwim 300 on February 12th and the Akiak Dash on February 13th!
Richie Diehl with his leaders at the finish line.
Diehl receiving the first place trophy, a beautiful woven grass mat made by Kelly Lincoln, of Bethel. Photo by Dr. Liz Bates.
One of the last teams approaching the finish line just after sunrise. Photo by Dr. Liz Bates.