The Bethel Sprint Mushers Club hosted the 2nd annual Western Alaska Sprint Championship Sled Dog Race during the weekend of March 4-5, 2017. Winning the 32-mile race was Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak. He posted the fastest overall time in the two-day race that took mushers upriver and back.
Coming in second was Robert Larson of Napaskiak. In third was Jackie Larson, also of Napaskiak. Overall, 12 mushers competed in the event. Maurice Andrews had the fast run overall on Day 2. His time was 2:03:29. Andrews placed 4th overall. The Red Lantern went to Nate DeHaan of Bethel.
photo by Hilda Oscar