Seavey at 57 is Oldest, Fastest to Win Iditarod

March 14, 2017 10:45 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It was a record setting win Tuesday for Mitch Seavey in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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The 57-year-old Alaska musher became the oldest ever to win the world's most famous sled dog race, beating the record he set with his win in 2013. Seavey also won in 2004.

He's also the fastest person to every cross nearly 1,000 miles of untamed Alaska wilderness in the race. He set a new time record of eight days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds. He shaved hours off the previous best time, set by his son Dallas in winning last year's race.

When he got to the finish line in Nome, Seavey was greeted by his wife Janine.

She told him, "Oh my gosh, look at what you've just done. You've changed the sport."

He outran his son, defending champion Dallas Seavey. The elder Seavey said he didn't relish being runner-up the past two years.

The Seaveys have cemented their legacy as mushing royalty in Alaska. They have won the last six races. Mitch Seavey's dad, Dan, participated in the very first Iditarod in 1973.


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