Akiak’s Mike Williams Junior places 11th in K300, Martin Buser 12th

by Ben Matheson on January 19, 2014

Mike Williams Jr., 28 of Akiak, finished this years Kuskokwim 300 in 11th place.  Photo by Chris Pike

Mike Williams Jr., 28 of Akiak, finished this years Kuskokwim 300 in 11th place. Photo by Chris Pike

Mike Williams Junior arrived in Bethel in 11th place at about 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

Williams tells KYUK’s Sophie Evan that there was a lot of water and rough ice along the 300 mile trail.

“The dogs did a little better than I expected. I was hoping to finish with ten, but a couple of them got overheated last night.”

Williams went through the chute with eight dogs.

“The dogs did really well going through it,” said Williams. I’m glad we made it.”

Big Lake’s Martin Buser was just a couple minutes behind Williams at about 3:04 p.m. When asked about how his race was, he replied with a short list.

“Windy, warm, hot, miserable, I can’t think of all the descriptions”

The race was tough on dogs and musher alike, but this one ended as a special race for Buser. He left Tuluksak not knowing who would be first into Bethel, Jeff King or his son Rohn. Martin ultimately flagged down a snowmachiner and shouted ‘who won the race?’ Martin says the man then pointed at him and said “your son.”

Martin drove a lot of young dogs that he says have never been tired before.

“They’re grown up dogs now, for sure,” said Buser.

Buser said the Kusko is the second toughest race in the world to win due to its fierce competition.

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