Akiak Dash Mushers


#1 Greg Larson

Larson’s Kennel- Napaskiak- age 47- Greg has been mushing for 30 plus years and has won many local sprint races, including the 2019-2020 Holiday Classic on January 11th and the 2004 and 2016 Akiak Dash. His kennel has 14 dogs.

Family: wife Jennifer Larson and children Kim, Shawn, Paul, Greg III, Katya, Hilary, Stephana, and Troy.


#2 Kurtis George

Tag Along Kennel- Akiak- age 36- Kurtis has been mushing for all of his life and competed in many local races. This is his third Akiak Dash, and he finished in 3rd place in 2015 and he has run the Bogus Creek 150. His kennel has 25 dogs.

Family: Carlene

Daughters: Shaylene, Kirsten Son: Deven G

Sponsors: father John George, uncles Duce, Jim, and all of his family and friends


#3 Herman Phillip

Kwethluk- age 57- 12 dogs in his kennel- Herman “Punkie” Phillip has been mushing for a long time and run many local races including the Holiday Classic, Akiak Dash and the Bogus Creek 150, finishing 3rd in the Bogus Creek 150 in 2009 and 2010 and winning the Bogus Creek 150 in 2011. 

#4 Nicholas Ayapan

Ayapan’s Kennel- Bethel- age 33- 17 dogs in his kennel- Nicholas has been mushing for 4 years and has competed in local races, including the Akiak Dash twice and the Bogus 150 once. 

Family: Tamara, Chenille, Nathaniel, Brandon, George, and Elizabeth 

#5 Solomon Olick 

Olick and Keene Kennel- Bethel- age 26- 10 dogs- Solomon has been mushing most of his life and has run several local races, both the Akiak Dash and the Bogus Creek 150,  including finishing 4th in the 2017 Akiak Dash, 4th in the Campout race, and 2nd in a local race.

Family: Girlfriend: Valerie Nicolai, daughters Riley “Pretty” Olick, Baby Akeila Olick

#6 Mike Williams Jr.

Williams Racing Kennel- Akiak- age 34- 50 dogs- Mike has been mushing for a long time and has many races, including many local races, the Akiak Dash, the Bogus Creek 150 (1st place in 2006), the Kobuk 440, 13 K-300s (including a 2nd place finish in 2011), 7 Iditarods (including an 8th place finish in 2012)

Family: wife Phyllis and 5 kids

Sponsors: Lynden Air Cargo, Calista Corp, Donlin Gold, YKHC Diabetes Prevention, Williams/Ekamerak Families, People in Akiak helping with fish, Akiak Native Community

#7 Victoria Hardwick

Rusty Screw Kennel- Bethel- age 34- 30 dogs- Victoria has been mushing since 2013 and has run local races, the Northern Lights 300, the Bogus Creek 150, the K300, and the Iditarod (2019 Red Lantern)

Family: Richard Aday

#8 Abby Klager

age 31- Bethel

Family- Dogs Clam and Clash


#9 Gilbert Phillip 

age 35- Phillip’s Kennel- Akiak- age 35- 18 dogs- Gilbert has been mushing for 20 years and has run many local races and finished 3rd in the 2018 and 2019 Akiak Dash

Family: Shawna, Kailee, Ava, Kaya, Lauren, Gilbert Jr

#10 Tory Fitzpatrick 

Wassilie Family Kennel- age 26- Bethel-23 dogs- Tory has been mushing for 3 years and the highlight of his career was completing the 2018 Bogus Creek 150

Family: Shaundria Wassilie, Noah Wassilie, Terrence Fitzpatrick


#11 Isaac Underwood

Underwood Kennels- age 38- Aniak-28 dogs- Isaac has been mushing for 24 years and competed in many local races and the Kuskokwim 300

Sponsors: Aniak Traditional Council, Donlin Gold, Aniak Light and Power, Aniak AC

#12 Joe Demantle Jr 

age 55- Tuluksak- Joe Jr has been mushing a long time and competed in many races, including the Holiday Classic, Season Opener, Bogus Creek 150, Akiak Dash, and the Kuskokwim 300

#13 Jackie Larson 

Napaskiak- Jackie has been mushing a long time and competed in many races, including winning the 2007 and 2015 Bogus Creek 150, and finishing 2nd in the 2006 Akiak Dash