Anderson wins Kobuk 440

Former FL resident victorious in sled-dog race

Ken Anderson

Former Forest Lake resident Ken Anderson outpaced a field of 10 to win the Kobuk 440 sled-dog race which finished in Kotzebue, AK on Sunday.

The Fairbanks, AK resident hit the finish line of the 440-mile race with six dogs and a 15-minute cushion over rookie Scott Smith. Anderson dropped six dogs along the route. He and Smith entered and left the final checkpoint at nearly the same time early Sunday morning. Anderson placed second in the 2011 race. He is coming off his 12th Iditarod, in which he placed 12th.

The Kobuk 440 has been running for 20 years and is the final race of the season. Anderson netted $12,000 of the $50,200 purse for the win.

Leading up to the Kobuk 440, Anderson blogged on his Web site that he looks forward to the race all year because it winds through some of the most beautiful country in the state.

“By now the team is really hardened and able to handle the long 80-90 mile runs we do in the race,” he wrote. “…I’ve finished pretty much everywhere but first in that race, so hopefully we can end the season on a big note. I still don’t think the team has peaked yet this year and hopefully it will happen in this race.”

Anderson is a 1990 graduate of Forest Lake High School. His parents, Henry and Betty, are Forest Lake residents.