In 2015, a Special Race Season

Deb and Rolland Trowbridge and Tara Cicatello, departing Nome for Bethel to compete in the Kuskokwim 300, a mid-distance sled dog race in southwestern Alaska.

Sled-dog mushing is in the blood of Alaskans.

A lively and beloved sporting event throughout our state, mushing is a source of fascination and fun for recreational mushers and a livelihood for the professionals. It’s also a vital link to rural Alaska’s long heritage of sled dogs as partners in transportation and survival. Between January and April, Alaska’s passion for sled dogs is writ large in the mushing competitions that traverse our state. This is what we call race season, and as this February newsletter rolls out, we’re right in the thick of it.

In fact, as this article hits the printer and the web, KNOM has just finished covering one of the first major sled dog races of the season: the Kuskokwim 300, often called the “K-300,” which is an approximately 300-mile-long competition starting and ending in the southwestern Alaskan city of Bethel.

The K-300 is always of interest for race fans throughout the state, but this year, it was a special source of pride for KNOM, since its competitors included two of our own: current volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge and volunteer alumna (and current Nome resident) Tara Cicatello. Rolland has spent years getting ready for competitive mushing in Alaska, and in the past few months, he’s been assisted by Tara, who returned to Nome after her one-year stint as a KNOM volunteer to work in Rolland’s kennel. (They’re pictured with Rolland’s wife Deb, moments before their flight to Bethel for this year’s K-300.)

Thank you for enabling us to cover the K-300 and each of the races (including the 1,000-mile Iditarod, in March) that so inspire and excite our region.


  1. Margery Glickman on February 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    If sled dog racing is “in the blood of Alaskans,” then so is animal cruelty. They force almost all sled dogs to live at the end of short chains when they’re not hauling people around. Tethering dogs is very cruel, which is why more and more communities have banned or severely restricted the practice. FACTS:

  2. csalesky on February 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Oh Margery… Here you go again….Just sitting at your computer making false accusations… I feel sorry for you, I wish you took the time to educate yourself about mushing instead of looking at the “glass is half empty”. What a pessimist…SMH…

  3. Mike Kinville on March 25, 2015 at 2:51 am

    FACTS…about the Sled Dog Action Coalition