Jackie Larson wins Holiday Classic Sled Dog Race

by Angela Denning-Barnes on December 30, 2013

Lewis Pavilla of Kwethluk crosses the finish line in fourth place Dec. 27. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes.

Lewis Pavilla of Kwethluk crosses the finish line in fourth place Dec. 27. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes.

The K300 Holiday Classic was held Saturday and served as the organization’s first official race of the 2014 season. There was little snow to pad the bumpy trail. Still, nine teams showed up to race the challenging 45-mile trail.

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Jackie Larson of Napaskiak won the race, defeating defending champion Mike Williams, Jr. of Akiak. Steve Olive of Bethel took third, and Lewis Pavilla of Kwethluk took fourth.

Jackie Larson says his team did excellent. Larson finished over a half hour ahead of the rest of the pack. He was able to keep to the cross-tundra trail even in the blowing snow while other mushers got lost.

Mike Williams Jr. crosses the finish line in 2nd place Dec. 27. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes

Mike Williams Jr. crosses the finish line in 2nd place Dec. 27. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes

Jackie didn’t train the dogs. The team was a combination of his and his brother’s dogs that his brother has been training all season. Larson’s brother is Father Alexander Larson of Kwethluk. He’s formerly known as Huey Larson and a real hot rod on the race trail. He’s pretty much won every race he’s put his mind too.

Father Alexander Larson would like to figure out how to win the K300 but he’s not sure if that’s in his future or not. For this 45-mile race, he doesn’t think he did any kind of special training. He used a four wheeler until about three weeks ago and hasn’t done many runs over 30 miles because of icey conditions.

Steve Olive passes by the time keeper at the finish line. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes

Steve Olive passes by the time keeper at the finish line. Photo/Angela Denning Barnes


The purse for the Holiday Classic was $10,000.

1. Jackie Larson – $2000
2. Mike Willams, Jr. – $1700
3. Steve Olive – $1500
4. Lewis Pavilla – $1300
5. Solomon Olick – $1100
6. Josh Klejka – $900
7. Joan Klejka – $700
8. Thomas Carl – $500
9. Nick Berres – $300

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