After 1,000 miles through the Alaskan tundra and the coastal community of Nome, Dallas Seavey has won his second Iditarod sled dog race in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds. Dallas said of his dad, Mitch Seavey the reigning champ, “It means my dad only had bragging rights for a year,” Seavey told the crowd after being declared the winner. “It means that we are doing things right. It means once again that I’ve had the honor of driving the best dog team in the world.”
Seavey takes home the $50,400 purse, the winner’s share of prize money exceeding $650,000 and a Chrysler Ram truck.
Did you know…
Race founder and musher Joe Redington, Sr. created the long-distance race named after the trail used to deliver mail to the now-abandoned town of Iditarod, in order to keep Alaska dogsledding alive and to help the Iditarod Trail become recognized as a historic trail.
Only northern dog breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes are allowed to race in the Iditarod. The rule was adopted in the early 1990s after musher John Suter entered the 1988 competition with standard European poodles on his dogsled team. However, many of the poodles were dropped off at checkpoints due to frozen feet and hair-matting problems.
The Red Lantern Award is given to the last team to finish the Iditarod. The winner usually completes the race in eight to ten days, though the longest any team took to finish the race was 32.5 days.
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