Raymond Alexie, of Kwethluk, is off to a blazing start for the 2022-23 Kuskokwim racing season. In today's Holiday Classic, a 50 mile race, Alexie once again bested the closest finisher by over 15 minutes.
19 teams competed in the Classic, racing from Bethel to a turnaround 25 miles up the Gweek River then back to Bethel. It was a perfect day for mushing with temperatures in the single digits above zero, little wind and bright blue skies.
Alexie completed the 50 mile course in 3 hours 28 minutes. He was followed by Iditarod and K300 veteran Mike Williams, Jr, of Akiak, who finished with an elapsed time of 3 hours 46 minutes. Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, placed third with a time of 3 hours 50 minutes. Full results follow below.
A second win gets Alexie off to a strong start in the Delta Championship Series, the K300 Race Committee's new, season-long competition. He leads with 20 points, followed by Kaiser with 17, Jackie Larson with 15 and Mike Williams, Jr. with 12.
Up next: The Bogus Creek 150 starts one week from today, Saturday, January 14th, at 3:00 PM. Registration is ongoing and we'll post a preview on Thursday. As always, we plan to livestream as much as possible and we will have trackers for this race - follow along at www.k300.org and www.facebook.com/kuskokwim300
Lastly, for those who were trying to follow along on Facebook today, we apologize for the inconsistency of our livestreams. We were faced with a variety of technical difficulties and as always, hope to do better next time!
Holiday Classic Results:
Delta Championship Standings:
photo by K300