by the K300 Race Committee
Race fans, The K300 Race Committee is ready to kick off the 2021-22 season, beginning with “The Season Opener” on the first Saturday of December. That will be followed two weeks later by “The Holiday Classic” on Saturday, December 18th.
Mushers will be required to register in advance for each race in the same manner as last season. Registration for the Season Opener, which is usually a race of 30-35 miles, will open on Monday, November 29th. The race route won’t be determined until much closer to race time.
As was previously announced, all participants in all 2021-22 K300 events will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. This includes mushers, handlers, volunteers and K300 staff. Mushers will receive instructions for providing proof at the time of registration. (The full vaccination policy can be found at k300.org)
Mushers should also expect that races will be conducted as they were last year, with assigned starting positions and other Covid mitigation measures in place. Those details will also be provided at the time of registration.
As was the case last year, the K300 Race Committee is committed to doing all it can to carry on with a full season of dog mushing while taking whatever measures necessary to protect the Kuskokwim communities we love. Throughout this chapter we’ve consulted closely with the foremost medical experts in our region and we will continue to heed their clear advice that we must use all of the tools available to us if we are to hold safe events. That includes masking, social distancing, testing and vaccination.
Finally, mushers and fans are reminded that our early season schedule is very flexible. We won’t hesitate to postpone a race if weather or trail conditions pose any significant danger to dogs or drivers. Keep a close eye on this site and www.facebook.com/kuskokwim300 for schedule updates.
See you at the start line!