September 23, 2018

Musher Details

2009 Iditarod » Mushers » Mike Williams, Sr.

Mike Williams, Sr.

Bib Number: 39
Hometown: Akiak, Alaska


Biography

Mike Williams, 62, was born and raised in Alaska. He went to Chemawa Indian School in Oregon and attended Kuskokwim College and the University of Alaska, studying counseling. He went on to serve his country in the US Army. He says he’s been mushing “since birth.” He has run the Iditarod 14 times and the Kusko 300 20 times. Mike sat out the last three Iditarods while his son, Michael, Jr., competed. “I am running my 15th Iditarod for a cause that I really believe in, SOBRIETY! We always had dogs for transportation and for our survival as Yupiaq Peoples of Western Alaska. Upon retirement, I went back to Akiak to raise our children. We will continue to be involved in the ‘Last Great Race on Earth’ and other races throughout Alaska. It has been a huge honor to drive those dogs. Thanks to my family and sponsors who have enabled me to do these things.” Mike is a member of the Alaska Native Community and the National Congress of American Indians. He says he enjoys reading, karate, hunting, fishing, gathering and spending time with grand kids. Mike is married to Maggie. They have 5 adult children.

Sponsors

Robert & Carol Hickel
GCI, Inc
Vern & Penny Cherneski
Coastal Villages Region Fund
American Seafoods Company
Lynden Air Cargo

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp
Williams/Ekamrak family
Arctic Transportation Systems
NAC
Alaska Inter-Tribal Council/LITGO Program
Bill Eisenbart & Mary Whitaker


2009 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 11:23:00 12
Willow 3/08 15:14:00 16
Yentna 3/08 19:07:00 16 3/08 21:04:00 16 1h 57m 3h 53m 17.00 66
Skwentna 3/09 00:16:00 16 3/09 05:28:00 16 5h 12m 3h 12m 10.63 34
Finger Lake 3/09 11:34:00 16 3/09 15:51:00 15 4h 17m 6h 6m 7.38 45
Rainy Pass 3/09 20:25:00 15 14 4h 34m 6.57 30
Rohn 3/10 06:13:00 14 3/10 12:25:00 13 6h 12m 48
Nikolai 3/11 01:58:00 13 3/11 08:50:00 13 6h 52m 13h 33m 5.54 75
McGrath 3/11 15:55:00 13 3/11 15:57:00 13 0h 2m 7h 5m 7.62 54
Takotna 3/11 19:17:00 13 3/12 20:15:00 13 24h 58m 3h 20m 5.40 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 23:20:00 13 3/13 00:15:00 12 0h 55m 3h 5m 8.11 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/13 19:53:00 12 3/14 02:19:00 12 6h 26m 19h 38m 4.58 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/14 10:30:00 12 3/14 18:33:00 12 8h 3m 8h 11m 7.94 ✔ ✔ 65
Anvik 3/14 22:26:00 12 3/14 22:35:00 12 0h 9m 3h 53m 6.44 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/15 01:32:00 12 3/15 11:02:00 12 9h 30m 2h 57m 6.10 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/16 01:00:00 12 3/16 12:38:00 12 11h 38m 13h 58m 4.30 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/17 08:54:00 12 3/17 15:45:00 12 6h 51m 20h 16m 3.45 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/18 10:10:00 12 3/18 14:53:00 12 4h 43m 18h 25m 4.89 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/18 22:13:00 12 3/19 06:12:00 12 7h 59m 7h 20m 5.45 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/19 13:48:00 12 3/19 20:48:00 12 7h 0m 7h 36m 7.63 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/20 04:25:00 12 3/20 09:05:00 12 4h 40m 7h 37m 6.30 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/20 17:22:00 12 3/21 01:33:00 11 8h 11m 8h 17m 5.55 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/21 10:33:00 11 3/21 10:36:00 11 0h 3m 9h 0m 6.11 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 14:17:30 11 3h 41m 5.97 ✔ ✔ 22