Pete Kaiser

2019: 9d 12h 39m 6s

Musher wearing ballcap greets a smiling crowd on a dark and snowy night
A cheering crowd greets Pete Kaiser at the Nome finish line after he became champion of the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Photo by Jeff Schultz

Besting Ulsom for the 2019 championship, Pete Kaiser was born and raised in the tiny rural village of Bethel, Alaska—a place that rallied around him and built a sled dog community to help him achieve his Iditarod dreams. A third-generation Alaskan of Yup’ik heritage, Kaiser credits his father, who had a dog team, and competitor Ed Iten, for sparking his passion for the sport. He first entered the event in 2010, finishing in 28th place. Since that rookie season, he amassed six top-10 finishes, including the championship in 2019. In his keynote speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives, Kaiser credited his success as the “story of a community, region, and state that lifted up one of their own.” In addition to winning the Iditarod in 2019, Kaiser is a five-time champion of the Kuskokwim 300. Learn more about Pete at kaiserracing.com.

Pete Kaiser with only eyes visible under hood, hat, and face guard. Hood rimmed with fur. All the clothing is coated in frost.
A frosty Pete Kaiser in Unalakleet during the 2014 Iditarod. Photo by Jeff Schultz
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