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Mike Morgan Clinches Overall Win in Kotzebue Snowmachine Race

Racer in 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race Photo: Mitch Borden, KNOM.

Mike Morgan was the overall winner in the 2017 Archie Ferguson/Willie Goodwin, Sr., Memorial Snowmachine Race this past weekend in Kotzebue.

61 racers in three classes took to the nearly 226-mile trail from Kotzebue through Noorvik, Kiana, and Selawik and back through Noorvik to the finish line in Kotzebue.

Morgan, from Nome by way of Anchorage, clinched the overall win and $1,000-dollar prize with a time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, and 36 seconds, riding a Polaris 800. He also took 1st place in this year’s C-Class, adding to his prize money by nearly $7,600.

Taking 2nd in the C-Class was Brad Reich, Jr., of Kotzebue, followed by Nome’s James “Tre” West III in third place riding a Skidoo Renegade.

In the fan-cooled class, River Jones of Kotzebue took the top spot, with Noorvik’s Gage Jackson in second, and Louis Edenshaw of Kotzebue in third.

Kotzebue’s Rick Lie claimed first in the 0-600 Class on his Arctic Cat F6, followed by fellow Kotzebue racer Frank Lane in second, and Kiana’s Alvin Morris claiming third.

Only one female racer competed this year: 17-year-old Kaylee Wilson of Wasilla.

The Archie Ferguson/Willie Goodwin, Sr., Memorial Snowmachine Race is put on by the Arctic Circle Racing Association.

Race Marshall Claude Wilson says the annual race has been happening for more than 50 years.

This year’s purse totaled more than $38,000.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the hometown of Alvin Morris. Morris is from Kiana, not Noorvik.


  1. Lori on April 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Alvin Morris is from Kiana. 🙂

    • David Dodman on April 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Lori, thanks very much for your note! We’ve made a correction. Sorry about the error.

  2. Harold on April 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    The Gunner 120 women’s race coming up quickly , someone from KNOM should go up and take some pictures and maybe possibly report updates of the race back to western Alaska. By the way all the Nome-Golovin pictures were amazing , imagine how they would turn out in Kotzebue!!