Akiak Dash musher Terrell Andrews of Bethel, age 21, is this year’s race winner. Andrews finished the race at 7:55:04pm on Saturday. Close behind was Joseph Demantle of Tuluksak who arrived at the finish at 8:02:06pm.
Andrews raced the Akiak Dash back in 2015. Wearing bib #6 he finished with 7 dogs. His family met him with hugs and congratulations. Photographers rushed to take his photo with his lead dogs, both females, Cricket and Lightning.
Andrews races dogs from his family’s Glare Ice Kennel.
Coming in third was Gilbert Phillip of Akiak. He crossed the finish line at 8:03:05pm.
Also racing was 2004 Akiak Dash Champion Greg Larson of Napaskiak. He last raced in 2012 and came back in 2019. He finished in seventh position.
American Ninja Warrior Nate DeHaan also competed, finishing in 8th place.
Racers mushed up to Akiak where they spent an hour layover before heading back to Bethel.
2019 Akiak Dash Results
(Times are when mushers crossed the finish line)
1 Terrell Andrews at 7:55:04pm
2 Joseph Demantle 8:02:06pm
3 Gilbert Phillip 8:03:05pm
4 Nicholas Ayapan at 8:06:00 PM
5 Raymond Alexie at 8:14:13 PM
6 Solomon Olick at 8:15:06 PM
7 Greg Larson at 8:20:24 PM
8 Nathan DeHaan at 8:45:04
9 Moses Frederick, Red Lantern
Scratching from the race was Elijah Cabinboy.