Pete Bowers grew up in Pennsylvania and came to Alaska in 1974 to perform archeological fieldwork in the Alaska Range. He is an archeologist and is president of Northern Land Use Research, Inc., the largest cultural resource consulting firm in Alaska. Pete got involved in sled dog racing in the late 1970's, participating in both sprint races as well as longer distance races. He wrote an article for the Alaska Dog Mushers Association about the history of sled dog racing titled: "Sled Dog Racing in Fairbanks" that appeared in their 1983-1984 Race Season Program. Pete is also a bluegrass musician and has been influential in the historic documentation of old-time music in Alaska.