April 17, 2014

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Mike Williams, Sr.

Mike Williams, Sr.

Bib Number: 35
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

Donlin Gold
Calista Corporation
Lynden Air Cargo
Bill Eisenhart & Mary Whitaker
Akiak Native Community

Awards

Mushers Choice — Sponsored by ExxonMobil

2013 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 11:06:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:06:00 16
Yentna 3/03 18:51:00 16 3/03 18:58:00 16 0h 7m 3h 45m 11.20 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:05:00 16 3/04 02:42:00 16 4h 37m 3h 7m 9.63 30
Finger Lake 3/04 07:37:00 16 3/04 07:38:00 16 0h 1m 4h 55m 8.14 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 12:20:00 16 3/04 18:23:00 15 6h 3m 4h 42m 6.38 30
Rohn 3/04 23:27:00 15 3/05 05:29:00 15 6h 2m 5h 4m 6.91 35
Nikolai 3/05 16:33:00 15 3/05 21:00:00 15 4h 27m 11h 4m 6.78 75
McGrath 3/06 04:21:00 15 3/06 04:30:00 15 0h 9m 7h 21m 6.53 48
Takotna 3/06 07:43:00 15 3/07 08:59:00 15 25h 16m 3h 13m 5.60 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 11:50:00 15 3/07 11:59:00 15 0h 9m 2h 51m 8.07 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/08 03:28:00 15 3/08 09:15:00 14 5h 47m 15h 29m 5.17 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 19:18:00 14 3/09 03:34:00 14 8h 16m 10h 3m 5.47 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 08:25:00 14 3/09 08:46:00 14 0h 21m 4h 51m 5.15 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 11:40:00 14 3/09 17:25:00 14 5h 45m 2h 54m 6.21 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/10 05:15:00 14 3/10 11:00:00 14 5h 45m 10h 50m 5.72 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/11 03:55:00 14 3/11 11:10:00 13 7h 15m 16h 55m 3.55 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/12 05:09:00 13 3/12 12:17:00 11 7h 8m 17h 59m 4.73 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 22:36:00 11 3/13 04:03:00 10 5h 27m 10h 19m 3.88 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 11:56:00 10 3/13 19:00:00 10 7h 4m 7h 53m 6.34 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 02:48:00 10 3/14 07:52:00 10 5h 4m 7h 48m 6.15 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 18:39:00 10 3/15 03:07:00 9 8h 28m 10h 47m 4.27 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 11:42:00 9 3/15 11:45:00 9 0h 3m 8h 35m 6.41 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 15:35:50 9 3h 50m 5.74 ✔ ✔ 22