Amid river breakup and overflow, two upcoming Kuskokwim 300 events have been postponed—the K300 Holiday Classic and 100-Mile Challenge.
“We have very excellent conditions in a lot of places,” K300 Organizer Zach Fansler said, “but there is some worry about overflow and some things on the river. The race committee, I think, felt that it was in everybody’s best interest for safety, to push everything back a week.”
The Holiday Classic is now scheduled to take place the Saturday after Christmas, on Dec. 26. The 100-Mile Challenge will be the following Saturday, on Jan. 2.
Fansler says organizers expect the rest of the season to go smoothly.
“Right now, knock on wood, we’re anticipating everything’s a ‘go’ for the rest of the season,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we had that abundance of caution.”
With the annual race less a month away, 30 dog mushers have signed up to compete. Fansler says with a lot of new faces in and a few veterans out, this year’s race is anything but predictable.
For event start times and locations, you can check the K300 website.