The local teams are the father-son duo from Akiak, Mike Williams Sr. and Jr. Also, Pete Kaiser of Bethel and Richie Diehl of Aniak. Three of them are Iditarod veterans: Pete Kaiser finished 5th place last year, Mike Williams Jr. finished 8th last year, and Mike Williams Sr. will be running his 15th race. Williams Sr.’s best finish was in 1997 when he placed 18th.
It will be Richie Diehl’s first Iditarod.
Mike Williams Sr., Mike Williams Jr., and Pete Kaiser all signed up for the big race on June 30, the first day of sign-ups. Richie Diehl made the decision later on.
The Iditarod is the longest sled dog race in the world. It runs from Anchorage to Nome, approximately 1,100 miles.
The 2013 Iditarod’s ceremonial start is March 2 in Anchorage, and will officially start out of Willow on March 3.