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Iditarod Winner Youngest Ever
March 14, 2012

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It began on his birthday and ended in history, as Dallas Seavey at 25 became the youngest musher ever to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Seavey, whose father and grandfather were also in the race, raced across the finish line in Nome with just nine dogs remaining, their 975-mile journey across Alaska at an end. Their official finish time, after enduring record snowfall a few times along the route, was 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes. (Teams of 16 dogs begin the race; mushers must finish with at least six.)

Aliy Zirkle finished second, nearly an hour behind. In third was Ramey Smyth, 30 minutes further back. Zirkle was leading for a good bit of the race and would have been the first woman to win in more than 20 years. Smyth was last year's runner-up.

Seavey's father, Mitch, who won the race in 2004, finished in seventh place. Dallas's grandfather Dan, who finished third in the very first Iditarod race 40 years ago, was racing as well. At 74, Dan was the oldest competitor and was stopping (if briefly) along the way to honor several of the communities along the historic Iditarod route. And in a sign of things to come, Dallas's younger brother Conway, 15, won the recent Junior Iditarod, a 150-mile race.

The Seavey family was the first to have three generations racing on the same day, but they were not the only family to have three winners. Dick Mackey won the race in 1978, his son Ricky won in 1983, and Dick's son (and Ricky's brother) Lance won from 2007 to 2010.

Last year's winner, world record holder John Baker, finished ninth.


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