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A Win for Western Alaska

The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race returned to Alaska for its 47th running last month.

After 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes, and 6 seconds, Bethel musher Pete Kaiser became the first Yup’ik person to claim an Iditarod championship. He bested 2018 champ Joar Leifseth Ulsom to the finish line by a margin of just 12 minutes.

KNOM provided comprehensive coverage for a region eager for developments in the epic “Last Great Race.” KNOM staff, along with volunteer alumni Ben Matheson and Zachariah Hughes, provided updates and trail stories for listeners through a partnership with Alaska Public Media.

You’ll find many fascinating stories, with photos and audio, right here at knom.org.

Click or tap on any image to open the photo viewer.

Image at top: A victorious Pete Kaiser. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.

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