Larson Wins Close Kwethluk Sled Dog Race

Feb 14, 2017

Kwethluk Sprint Race, February 10, 2017.
Credit Mike Williams Sr.

It was a tight sled dog race at Kwethluk this weekend. Fourteen mushers competed in the forty-mile Kwethluk Sprint Race on Friday. Running 20 miles a day over two days, the top three mushers came in with less than a minute separating each other.

Coming in first was Paul Larson of Russian Mission with a combined time of 2:25:43, collecting $2,000 out of a total race purse of $8,000.

Sprinting close behind was Maurice Andrews of Bethel at 2:26:29, winning $1,500.

Third place went to John Hanson of the Bristol Bay area, with 2:27:10. Hanson arrived in the region before the race and plans to stay in the area over the coming weeks to compete in other village races.