15 teams are poised to face-off in the Bogus Creek 150 which will start at 3:00 PM this Saturday, January 14. They are competing for a total purse of $60,000, paid to the top 15 finishers. 2022 Bogus Creek Champion Pete Kaiser will attempt to defend his title against a field that includes 5 other past Bogus Creek champs (Richie Diehl, Mike Williams Jr, Jackie Larson, Maurice Andrews and Jason Pavila) as well as blazing hot Raymond Alexie, who has blown away the competition so far this season.
Racers will run what is now the standard Bogus Creek 150 trail, traveling upriver from Bethel on the Kuskokwim, then continuing up the Gweek River. About 20 miles from the start, the trail leaves the Gweek for the overland route towards Tuluksak, crossing the Kuskokwim then passing the village on the Tuluksak River and then on up to the Bogus Creek Checkpoint. There is no checkpoint at Tuluksak.
The race will begin with a mass start on the Kuskokwim River in Bethel above the mouth of the small boat harbor. Spectators, the forecast calls for a fairly mild day so we hope to see many of you out there. If you can't make it there are other ways to follow the race...
We plan to livestream the start and each racer's finish at www.facebook.com/kuskokwim300. Cold weather and connectivity issues sometimes undermine our efforts but please tune in. We'll do our best!
All Bogus Creek 150 mushers will have GPS trackers during the race - follow them here.
As always, KYUK will be providing regular updates throughout the race. Locally, tune in at 640 AM or if you are outside the Bethel area find them online at www.kyuk.org. They air their updates 6 minutes after the hour, every hour.
Leaderboards and K300.org updates:
The halfway point at Bogus Creek will be the only checkpoint and communications will be limited. Still, we will provide leaderboard and trail updates as frequently as possible.
Photo by Katie Basile - The start of the 2022 Bogus Creek 150