Some 50 vehicles and nearly 100 spectators showed up at the Soldotna Airport last week to watch the traditional running of the Peninsula Sled-dog Racing Associations (KSRA) businessman's race.
The event is sponsored annually as a fundraiser by the group to promote dog mushing on the Peninsula. Business people in the community sponsor friends or employees to represent them in the mile run on a groomed track at the airport. No experience is necessary and each racer receives about a half-hour training session prior to the run, according to KSRA board member Jane Faulkner.
Racers prepare for the start of the PSRA Businessman's sled dog race at Soldotna Airport.
This year's winner was Kim Moore, sponsored by Dr. Bowser of Sterling; they donated the $325 first place purse to the Peninsula Food Bank. In second place was Dr. Eileen Sverdrup, of Soldotna, she donated her $195 winnings to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, and in third place was Amy Warfle, racing for Kaladi Bros. Coffee of Soldotna, their $130 prize was also donated back to the Food Bank.
Capturing the Red Lantern award and suffering the only spill of the race this year was Dr. Gonzalo Araoz-Fraser, of the Soldotna Medical Clinic, who said he has no immediate plans to enter the Iditarod.
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