Thirteen Teams To Compete In 2020 Akiak Dash

Jan 18, 2020

Dogs anxiously await the start of the 2019 Akiak Dash in Bethel, Alaska on January 19, 2019.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

Thirteen mushers will race in the 2020 Akiak Dash. Two-time champion Greg Larson will seek his third title in the approximately 65-mile race that begins on Saturday, Jan. 18. Last year’s fourth-place finisher, Nicholas Ayapan, is the top 2019 finisher to race this year. Eleven mushers are veterans, and the race’s only rookie is Abby Klager. Racers signed up on the night of Jan. 17 in Bethel.


The race begins with a mass start in Bethel, then runs upriver to the halfway checkpoint of Akiak before turning back downriver towards Bethel. Mushers are competing for $30,000 in prize money and the title of the fastest sprint team on the Kuskokwim. Teams can expect a hard and fast trail when the race starts at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Bethel. 



2020 Akiak Dash Competitors


Greg Larson, Napaskiak

Kurtis George, Akiak

Herman Phillip, Kwethluk

Nicholas Ayaprun, Kwethluk

Solomon Olick, Bethel

Mike Williams Jr., Akiak

Victoria Hardwick, Bethel

Abby Klager, Bethel

Gilbert Phillip, Akiak

Tory Fitzpatrick, Akiachak

Issac Underwood, Aniak

Joe Demantle Jr., Tuluksak

Jackie Larson, Napaskiak


Updated January 18 at 8:40 p.m.: This story originally only included 12 mushers.