John George wins 40 Mile race

by Ben Matheson on March 16, 2014

John George wins the 40 Mile Race. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

John George wins the 40 Mile Race. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Akiachak’s John George won Sunday’s K300 40 mile race, covering the windy and drifted course to near Kwethluk and back in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 52 seconds. Five minutes later Aniak’s Isaac Underwood crossed the finish line in second place.

The course was actually shorted by about five miles at the Kwethluk loop when race official Myron Angstman found that some trail makers were drifted over in the blowing snow.

John George says he held back on the way out and hovered in the front five. He says he then began passing them on the way back, moving ahead of Punky Phillips and then gaining on Isaac Underwood before advancing ahead for good in the final miles.

“It was mostly a paced run, they’re good in the deep snow, I just had to take it easy on them,” said George.

Isaac Underwood took 2nd in the 40 Mile race. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Isaac Underwood took 2nd in the 40 Mile race. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Isaac Underwood was breaking trail through 4 or 5 inches of snow at times. Myron Anstman says he had to hold Underwood up a couple times as the exact race route came together, mid race.

Underwood says he has gotten up to 2,000 miles on the team this year.

“We’ve been keeping them at short runs, so they’re pretty speedy right now,” said Underwood.

In third place was Punky Phillips, driving dogs from Max Olick’s Bad River Kennels.

Punky Phillips. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Punky Phillips. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.


The race for 4th place was about a dog team apart. Brian Berube edged out Thomas Carl who was racing Williams Kennel dogs. Berube brought the Hoffman kennel team in just seconds ahead of Thomas.

In the next two weeks, the K300 plans to put on the Akiak Dash and the campout race.

Brian Berube edges out Thomas Carl for 4th place. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Brian Berube edges out Thomas Carl for 4th place. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.


Complete results:

1. John George 2:36:52 $2000
2. Isaac Underwood 2:41:31 $1700
3. Herman Phillip 2:48:38 $1500
4. Brian Berube 2:51:57 $1300
5. Thomas Carl 2:52:04 $1100
6. Lewis Pavilla 2:52:46 $900
7. Johnnie Evan 2:53:56 $700
8. Bill Eisenbart 3:03:08 $500
9. Solomon Olick 3:04:42 $300
10. Nathan Underwood 3:08:02 $100
11. Nick Berres 3:14:57
12. Josh Klejka 3:18:37
13. Joan Klejka 3:21:05
14. Victoria Hardwick 3:38:00
15. Thomas Napoka 3:38:14

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