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Iditarod Champ Sets New Record

Dallas Seavey celebrates his win of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 with lead dogs Sebastian on the left and Aero on the right. (Anne Raup / ADN)

For those who follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a name that has become synonymous with unparalleled excellence is Dallas Seavey. This year, the 37-year-old musher from Talkeetna, Alaska, etched his name into Iditarod history by achieving a record breaking sixth victory, cementing his status as the most successful musher in the race’s storied past.

Seavey’s dominant performance in the 2024 Iditarod was nothing short of remarkable. From the outset, he established himself as the frontrunner, maintaining a commanding lead throughout the grueling 1,000-mile journey from Anchorage to Nome. His arrival in Nome on March 12th marked the culmination of a near-flawless run, completed in just over nine days of relentless effort across Alaska’s vast and unforgiving terrain.

As Seavey crossed the iconic burled arch on Front Street, he was greeted by a jubilant crowd of Nome residents and visitors, all bearing witness to a historic moment in Iditarod lore. With this victory, Seavey surpassed the previous record of five wins held by Rick Swenson, solidifying his place as the undisputed king of the Last Great Race.

Seavey’s journey was not without its challenges, however. Just hours into the race, a moose attacked his team and injured one of his dogs, Faloo, in the process. Seavey was forced to shoot the moose to protect his dogs, and then harvested the meat and hurried to the next checkpoint to seek medical attention for Faloo. Race officials gave Seavey a two-hour penalty after the encounter, but even so, he ultimately crossed under the burled arch in Nome with a commanding four-hour lead.

For Seavey, mushing is a family affair. His grandfather, Dan, ran the first two Iditarods, and his father, Mitch, is a three-time Iditarod champion himself, having claimed his most recent victory in 2017 at the age of 57 – the oldest musher to ever win the race.

As Seavey basks in the glory of his record-breaking sixth Iditarod victory, his achievement serves as a powerful reminder of the unyielding perseverance and unwavering passion that propel mushers and their teams across Alaska’s vast wilderness year after year. In a race that demands the utmost from both human and canine athletes, Dallas Seavey has proven himself to be a true master of the Last Great Race.
After crossing the Iditarod finish line, Seavey attended a press conference where the media had the opportunity to ask him questions about the race. His family was in attendance as well.

Image at top: Dallas Seavey celebrates his Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race win with his lead dogs under the burled arch in Nome. Photo courtesy of Anne Raup, ADN.

Image at bottom: Pictured from left to right: Mitch Seavey, Dan Seavey, and Dallas Seavey. Photo courtesy of John Coe, KNOM.

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