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Youngest Iditarod Winner Does It Again
March 10, 2014

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The youngest is still the best.

Dallas Seavey, the youngest-ever winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012, has won the 2014 event, setting a record time in the process. Seavey, now 27, put in a furious final push and raced from third place to the win, crossing the finish line in Nome in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes. Seavey was in third place with 77 miles to go but passed four-time winner Jeff King and then Aliy Zirkle, again denying her a victory. Zirkle finished second for the third straight time, this time just 2 minutes, 22 seconds behind the winner.

King was blown off course by a furious gust of wind and did not finish the race. Coming in third was the defending champion, Mitch Seavey (Dallas's father), who was the oldest-ever champion in 2013 and also won in 2006.

The race had begun in Willow on March 2, with 69 teams of mushers and dogs setting out into the frozen towns and wilderness of Alaska. In the end, 50 teams finished and 19 dropped out. Several mushers suffered injuries not long after the start, as their sleds slid on gravel. One musher broke an ankle and was rescued by helicopter.

Dallas Seavey took home $50,000 and a new truck for his winning efforts. The next 29 finishers received cash as well, on a sliding scale. Anyone who finished out of the top 30 got a cash prize of $1,049.

The previous course record was set by the 2011 winner, John Baker, who went from Anchorage to Nome that year in 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes.



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