Iditapod: Kaiser Racing team hangs on for first Iditarod win

Bethel’s Pete Kaiser is victorious in the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, securing his first win Wednesday, March 13. (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media photo)

That’s right: Iditarod has a new champion. And it’s really looking like we’re going to have three women in the top 10 for the first time in 47 years for the Last Great Race. As for the pride and swelling hearts of Bethel, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, maybe all of Western Alaska, Peter Kaiser and eight dogs crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome at 3:39 a.m. Alaska time Wednesday trailed only 12 minutes later by the 2018 champ, Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

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