Story Last modified at 3:10 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2011
Berkowitz claims Copper Basin 300
Chugiak's Jake Berkowitz mushed his way onto the Alaska racing scene in a big way on Monday.
Berkowitz, a 24-year-old who grew up in St. Paul, Minn., held off reigning Iditarod champion Lance Mackey to win the Copper Basin 300, claiming the winner's share of the race's $15,000 purse.
Berkowitz arrived at the finish line in Paxon at 11:49 a.m. on Monday, beating Mackey to the final checkpoint by a little more than an hour. The Chugiak musher covered the 32-mile leg from Merier's Lake in one hour, 49 minutes six minutes faster than Mackey, who left Meier's Lake at 11:05 a.m. Monday.
Berkowitz is a two-time Iditarod finisher who placed 31st in the 2009 race from Willow to Nome.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Monday, January 10, 2011.