Congratulations to Dallas Seavey, the youngest musher to have ever won the Iditarod, who passed under the burled arch in Nome just before 7:30 last night. Alliy Zirkle came in second, about an hour behind Seavey, followed by Ramey Smyth, Aaron Burmeister, Peter Kaiser, and Ray Redington, Jr. The Red Lantern remains lit for the remaining 47 competitors.
For Seavey, it’s apparently all in the genes. He has watched both his father (2004 Champion Mitch) and his grandfather Dan compete in previous races. All three were in the contest this year. His wife has also mushed the Trail.
Wearing Bib number 34, Seavey has made proud not only the folks in his hometown of Willow, AK, but also his sponsors, JJ Keller and Dr. Tim’s Pet Food.
Here’s his bio from the Iditarod website: Dallas Seavey, 25, was born in Virginia and his family moved to Seward when he was five. He is a third generation musher who grew up helping his dad, Mitch, the 2004 Iditarod champion, train his racing teams. He ran the Jr. Iditarod four times and in 2005, Dallas became the youngest musher in history to run the Iditarod. He also wrestled for Sky View High School and spent one year training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is a High School State Champion, a Jr. National Champion, and was on the 2005 Jr. World team. In 2009, he and his family moved to Willow to “train our Iditarod team.” Dallas is owner/operator of WildRide Sled Dog Rodeo in Anchorage. In 2011, he not only had his best ever Iditarod finish, but he was also the Yukon Quest champion. Dallas and his wife, Jen, also an Iditarod veteran, are the parents of one year old Annie. Dallas lists his hobbies as breeding, raising and racing sled dogs.
Congratulations to all of the competitors in this year’s Iditarod!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!