I believe I said it was a strange post for a trucking blog at the time — when in 2012 Dallas Seavey pulled out a win at the big Iditarod Alaskan sled dog race in Alaska.
Well, he’s done it again. According to his sponsor, industry compliance solutions provider and publisher J.J. Keller, the finish “has been called one of the most improbable finishes in Iditarod history.” Seavey busted open the Iditarod record by more than 5 hours to win the 42nd annual yesterday — Tuesday, March 11, at 4:04 a.m. local time. He finished in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
Here’s Keller’s press release account of the race, and find a couple vids with Dallas — before and immediately after the race — below:
Seavey came from behind in the historic finish, when high winds of over 65 knots caused problems for the two leaders near the Safety checkpoint. Jeff King, leading the race at that point, had to scratch after the winds drove his team off course and into driftwood, and Aliy Zirkle took a two-hour break to wait it out. Seavey blew through Safety and charged up the coast to Nome, posting speeds of over 9 miles per hour.
In his eighth run to the famed Burled Arch finish line, Dallas Seavey competed against 69 registered mushers and adverse weather conditions that caused many well-known veterans to scratch.
Zirkle was not far behind, coming in less than 3 minutes later. She also finished second in 2012 and 2013.
In his 21st Iditarod race, Mitch Seavey (Bib #6) came in third place, finishing at 7:39 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11. He finished in 8 days, 16 hours, 39 minutes and 40 seconds.
This makes the third year in row the Seavey family has taken the crown with J.J. Keller sponsoring. Dallas Seavey has added to his set of all-time records with this record-time finish. In 2012, he became the youngest musher, age 25 to win the race, in 2011 the youngest to take a spot among the top five. In some ways it’s all no surprise, given Dallas also happens to be the youngest musher to even compete in the race, his first being in 2005 at age 18. He’s had a lot of practice in peak physical condition.
Find more photos/video from the race in the coming weeks via jjkeller.com/Iditarod.