Mitch Seavey has won the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, crossing under the historic Burled Arch in Nome, Alaska late Tuesday night. Seavey finished this year’s approximately 1000 mile race in 9 days, 7 hours and 35 minutes. This is his second Iditrod win.
At age 53, Mitch Seavey is the oldest person to win the race. He also had another first. This is the first time members of the same family have won the race in consecutive years – his son, Dallas, was 2012 champion. (And Dallas set a record as the youngest musher to win.)
The Seaveys are one of a handful of multi-generational Iditarod families. Mitch’s father, Dan has also competed. Last year marked 100 years of use of the Iditarod Trail, including the 1925 race against time to get diptheria serum to Nome, which is the basis of the yearly race. The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance named Dan Seavey their “Centennial Musher” and he mushed the entire trail last year at age 74.