Pete Kaiser was the first to cross the finish line in his hometown of Bethel. Kaiser won the Kuskokwim 300 -- a 300-mile dog sled race -- for an unprecedented fourth time in a row, finishing at 9:17 a.m. with eight dogs. KTVA spoke to Kaiser after his win.

KTVA:

Why have you had so much success on this race?

Kaiser:

Ha, I don’t know. A lot of years of studying it and practicing, and mushing out here, and this is my 10th Kusko now, so I don’t know what it is exactly, a lot of little things probably.

KTVA:

What was it like out there, was this one of your more challenging ones?

Kaiser:

Yeah, definitely the ice and little bit of wind today coming from your side and hard to keep the sled upright in some spots, hard for the dogs to get good traction. Little bit of nice trail up by Tuluksak and Bogus that was kind of a nice break from what it was like down here, and then the challenge of having to go over the same trail four times basically, so a lot of mental hurdles and physical hurdles, but I’m glad we got in here in pretty good shape.

KTVA:

What does winning this race mean to you?

Kaiser:

It means a lot, you know, for the community, for myself, and for my family and everybody that helps me race dogs and mush, and do this for a living, and the lifestyle, it’s not just about me, its about the dogs and everybody who pitches in. It’s a big part of my motivation in working hard at it and trying to be successful is the people that help get me here. I think it’s a big win for the whole Delta and the community and everybody.

KTVA:

It must be good to win a local race like this, you have a lot of fans and local support here?

Kaiser:

Yeah, this is the best mid-distance race in the world, if not the best race in the world, I think it is. The fact that you get to do it in your backyard on all your home trails is just amazing, there’s not many people who get to do that. Yeah, it’s just a rare opportunity for someone to grow up here and live here and be able to take part in something like this and win it and continue to win it. So yeah, I’m proud of our accomplishments and everyone here should be proud of this too.

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