Mush!: Record-setting Three-peat at Iditarod

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March 20, 2016

Dallas Seavey kept his hold on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, setting a course record in winning the iconic adventure race for the third straight year and the fourth in the last five. Seavey’s completion time was 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds. He broke by two hours his own course record, set in 2014.

His father, Mitch, the 2013 champion, finished second, just 45 minutes behind. Another nearly seven hours back was the third-place finisher, Aliy Zirkle.

Dallas Seavey completed his 1,000-mile journey with just six dogs. It is not uncommon for mushers to leave dogs behind because of illness or fatigue. Initial teams consist of 16 dogs. Most finishers have 10 or more remaining.

Seavey's winning prizes included $75,000 and a new pickup truck.

A total of 85 teams set off a little more than a week ago from Willow Lake along the northern route, crossing two mountain ranges and over the Bering Sea coast to Nome. Of those 85 starters, 71 finished.

A trespasser with a snowmobile marred an otherwise normally challenging event. Not long after the start of the race, a man drove a snowmobile straight out a few of the teams. One of the dogs on the team of four-team champion Jeff King died in the incident. A shaken King carried on, and his team finished ninth.

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