Youngest Iditarod Race Champion Crowned
The winner of the fortieth annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska was Dallas Seavey, age twenty-five. He was racing against his grandfather and father and was the youngest winner to be crowned champion. He and his team of 9 dogs finished the race with a time of just a little over nine days. The race covered one thousand miles, starting in Anchorage and ending in Nome.Aliy Zirkle, who finished in second place, was making the attempt at being the first woman to win the Iditarod since 1990. She reached the finish line exactly 60 minutes after the winner of the race. His father, Mitch Seavey, the champion in 2004 finished the race in seventh place. His grandfather, Dan Seavy age seventy-four, who raced in the first race in 1973, was in fifty-third place. Having all three generations in competing in the Iditarod was a rare occurrence.
Rick Swenson had kept the record of being the youngest to win the race since 1977 when he was twenty-six years of age. Although there were heavy snows that made travel slow on some of the trail the conditions were safer than they usually were. For wining the race Dallas Seavey will get a truck and a fifty thousand four hundred dollar prize. The race started on March 3rd with sixty-six participants.