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Pete Kaiser (Musher) Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Parents, Family, Wins Iditarod dog sled in Nome

March 2018 - Peter Kaiser Wins Iditarod dog sled in Nome

Pete Kaiser Bio, Wiki

Pete Kaiser was born on May 6th, 1987 in Bethel, Alaska and raised Bethel Bethel. He has been a consistent top performer in the Iditarod. He graduated from Bethel High School in 2005 and has worked for Knik Construction/Lynden for the last eleven years. He has been an Iditarod top performer finishing the race in the past nine years, placing at least 14th every time except his rookie run. His best finish is 1st position on March 12th, 2019 Iditarod dog sled race in Nome. Kaiser has finished fifth on three occasions, including 2018. He is also a four-time champion of the Kuskokwim 300, a race that starts and ends in his hometown.

Pete Kaiser Quick Facts

Pete Kaiser Age: He was born on May 6th, 1987 (Age 31 years old)
Hometown: Bethel, Alaska
Wife: Bethany Kaiser
Children: two children: 6-year-old Ari and 1-year-old Aylee
Parents: Ron and Janet

Pete Kaiser Family and History of Mushing

Kaiser started mushing for fun as a kid in Bethel with his family’s pet dog named Giant. Speaking in an Interview with ADN, his father says: “I’d put him on the runners and follow along with a snowmachine and make sure he didn’t get hurt” Ron said.

Kaiser’s father, Ron is originally from Kansas. Kaiser’s mom, Janet, is from Bethel. Ron ran sled dogs in Bethel but got out of the sport when Kaiser was born, he said. Too much time. Too much money. But as Kaiser and his younger sister, Tillie, grew up, the family started to acquire more dogs again.

“As soon as he’s getting big enough to need two dogs, we got another dog and then we got one or two more and then it just kept going,” Ron said.

Kaiser and his sister competed in local Sunday races. As a high school senior in 2005, Kaiser won the 65-mile Akiak Dash.

Kaiser tried to get a college education but decided what he really wanted to do was train and race sled dogs full-time.

Kaiser started building his own team in Bethel. He currently has about 45 dogs in the Southwest Alaska community.

Pete Kaiser Wife, Children

He and his wife, Bethany, have two children: 6-year-old Ari and 1-year-old Aylee.

His wife Bethany views his husband’s career as a musher to be successful due to his humbleness, determination, and motivation. He spends a lot of time in the evenings jotting down notes about his dogs and races.

“I can’t even tell you how many notebooks he’s gone through,” she said. “He’s just listing dog names, times. He watches old Iditarod videos.”

Bethany said Kaiser has a big support network in Bethel. He also has deep family roots there. His Yup’ik great-grandmother was raised in an orphanage in Bethel, said Kaiser’s mom, Janet. His Scottish great-grandfather came to the country as a gold miner, eventually landing in Bethel.

Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.

Peter Kaiser wins Iditarod dog sled race

Peter Kaiser has become the latest Alaska Native to win the Iditarod dog sled race. Kaiser won the race for the first time early Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, crossing the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom.

Peter Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, leads his team past spectators during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Peter Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, leads his team past spectators during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea ice and mushed down Nome’s main street to the famed burled arch finish line. His wife and children greeted him, hugging him at the conclusion of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race, which began March 3 north of Anchorage.

Kaiser will receive $50,000 and a new pickup truck for the victory. Four other Alaska Native mushers have won the race, including John Baker, an Inupiaq from Kotzebue, in 2011.

Prior to the race, Kaisers 6-year-old-kid, Ari said she very excited about the Iditarod, Bethany said. On the way from Bethel to here, he told people, “My dad’s winning the race,” she said.

His wife, Bethany said she’s excited, too, but also knows that anything can happen between White Mountain and Nome.

“It’s definitely something he’s been working toward for a really long time, something he’s wanted for a really long time,” she said. “I know he’s going to be pretty pleased with himself and the dogs if he can pull it off.”

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