Alexie wins sled dog race opener

Raymond Alexie wearing bib #15 mushes up the Kuskokwim River with his 5-dog team during the 2017 Junior Kuskokwim Classic last Wednesday.

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee hosted the Season Opener this past Sunday and winning first place was Raymond Alexie of Kwethluk. Coming in second place was Alexie’s dad Harry Alexie, also of Kwethluk. Third place finisher was Kenneth Snyder of Akiachak.

The 8-dog limit race was 32 miles starting at 11am from the Charles Lake in Bethel to Atmautluak and back. The race, originally set for Saturday, was moved to Sunday due to weather. Mushers began the race with a mass start.

Racers were awarded a piece of the $25,000 race purse that was split between the top 15 finishers. Seventeen teams participated in the event.

1st Raymond Alexie, 3:22

2nd Harry Alexie, 3:28

3rd Kenneth Snyder, 3:35

4th Charlie Chingliak, 3:40

5th Jason Pavila, 3:41

6th Schouviller Wassillie Jr., 3:44

7th Fr. Alexander Larson, 3:46

8th John George, 3:47

9th Aaron Alexie, 3:49

10th Mike Williams Jr., 3:55

11th Robert Charles Jr., 3:57

12th Lewis Pavila, 4:05

13th Greg Larson, 4:15

14th John Snyder, 4:31

15th Byron Pasitnak Sr., 4:32

16th Maurice Andrews, 4:35

17th Sigurd Napoka, 4:40

The next race is the Holiday Classic, Saturday December 23, 2023.