Each year in Alaska, the worlds most famous dog sled race takes place over the toughest terrain. This year it was held in March, and 30 dog sled teams and their mushers set forth on the sledding race of a lifetime. The results are in and after a long hard race, Dallas Seavey from Willow Alaska came out as the victor.
The 27 year old Seavey was originally born in Virginia, but relocated to Seward when he was just 5 years old. He is a third generation musher, whose father was an Iditarod champion twice – in 2004 and again in 2013. Seavey helped his father in training the sled dogs, and was a Junior Iditarod participant four times before becoming the youngest musher in the history of the race in 2005.
There is more to Seavey then sled dogs and snow. In high school he was a champion wrestler and spent a year training with the US Olympic team but ultimately decided that his heart was with racing sled dogs. He moved with his family in 2009 to Willow in order to properly train and maintain his team of sled dogs. This is now his main occupation, and he races in other competitions, including the Yukon Quest, which he won in 2011. That makes him just one of four mushers in history to have won both Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
On a personal note, Seavey is married to another Iditarod participant, and together he and his wife Jen are raising 4 year old Annie. They definitely don’t fit the image of a rugged sledding family living in the heart of Alaska. Even during the race, the tough champion was able to maintain his blonde beard with style. Now that is taking your beard grooming tips seriously. Must be a regular reader of OptimusBarba.com.
This is the younger Seavey’s third Iditarod win in four years, beating out his own father in the process. The race is a grueling 1,000 miles long, and the champion was met with overwhelming applause as he crossed the finish line.
Seavey hugged his dogs after the finish, proclaiming that the win is a team effort and their contribution cannot be matched. His prize for first place included a new pick up truck along with $70,000, the largest prize ever earned in the history of the race.
Dallas Seavey and his entire family are an important part of the history of Iditarod. The Seavey name is now on a total of 6 wins, with a bright future still ahead of them.