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Postponed 2018 Akiak Dash Begins This Saturday

Jan 25, 2018

Cameron Jackson won the 2017 Akiak Dash on January 21, 2017.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim 300 and Bogus Creek 150 sled dog races may have finished, but there’s still one more event left to complete the K300 racing trio.

The approximately 65-mile Akiak Dash is scheduled for Saturday. The race starts at 11 a.m. at the Kuskokwim 300 start line on the Charles Family Lake west of H-Marker Lake. Mushers who want to compete must arrive an hour before at 10 a.m. to sign up. The race sprints along the 2018 K300 race trail from Bethel to a checkpoint behind Akiachak, where teams will take a one-hour mandatory layover before racing back.

The Akiak Dash usually occurs the Saturday evening of the K300 weekend, but with the shortened K300 race route and high musher traffic into Bethel this year, the race committee pushed the sprint race back a week.

Mushers who competed in the K300 or Bogus Creek 150 cannot race the Akiak Dash.

As of Thursday morning six mushers have signed up: Joe Demantle, Ryan Jackson, Jason Pavila, Gilbert Phillip, Anthony Olick, and Cori Simon.