by The Associated Press
Monday, January 18, 2010
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- John Baker brushed aside wind chills of more than 60 below to win the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race in Bethel.
Baker crossed the finish line Sunday evening with a team of 10 dogs in harness. He beat former Iditarod champion Martin Buser by more than an hour to take the top prize of $20,000.
Three-time defending Iditarod champ Lance Mackey finished third.
It was the first Kusko 300 win for Baker, who has been mushing dogs for 15 years and runs a 35-dog kennel in Kotzebue.