A PREVIEW OF THE WEEK'S EVENTS
It seems that virtually everything is different about the K300 in this, it's 42nd year. This post will serve as a primer for all that we've got going on this week, with a focus on some new and exciting events.
The K300 Challenge:
This is a new game in which contestants guess who they think will win the race, the racer's elapsed time and how many dogs they'll finish the race with. Each entry costs $10 and there is no limit to how many guesses you can submit. To learn more and to play, visit - https://www.k300.org/the-k300-challenge
The K300 Online Auction:
Long time race fans know that a highlight of the post-race Awards Banquet each year is the auction. Since we've moved the 2021 Awards Ceremony to a virtual format, we decided to do the same with the auction! The K300 Online Auction is live now and will be until Sunday 2/14 at 5pm. Featuring airline vouchers, a dog sled ride, a family portrait session and many local crafts, there's something for everyone. Check it out HERE.
Start of the 42nd Annual Kuskokwim 300 - Friday 2/12 at 6:30 PM
The race will begin with a mass start on the river, near the mouth of the small boat harbor. Spectators are encouraged to stay with their vehicle or snow machine. Please follow parking guidance from volunteers who will be directing traffic.
Racers will not travel to Aniak this year. Instead, they will go upriver to a location near the traditional Bogus Creek checkpoint and back two times, with a Bethel checkpoint serving as the halfway point. The only other checkpoint will be a camp near Tuluksak. We urge spectators on the trail not to visit this camp. Access is limited to race personnel and mushers only.
"The Lead Dog Lightshow" Fireworks Display
presented by First National Bank Alaska and
Dedicated to the front line health care workers of the YK-Delta
Friday 2/12 at 8PM
The Akiak Dash - Mass Start Saturday 2/13 at 2pm
The 65 mile race from Bethel to Akiak and back brings out the best and the fastest local teams each year. There's one notable change for the 2021 race: mushers will not take a 1-hour layover and there will be no official checkpoint. Racers will reach the finish line throughout the evening hours.
K300 Finish - Sunday 2/14, throughout the day
Virtual Award Ceremony - Monday 2/15 at 7pm
Join us at www.facebook.com/kuskokwim300 for an online version of the annual Award Ceremony, complete with speeches from the K300 mushers.