The Madeleine Brand Show for March 16, 2012

Youngest ever Iditarod winner completes race in nine days

Dallas Seavey

Courtesy of Dallas Seavey

Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey.

In Alaska, a winner has emerged from the annual dog mushing endurance race, the Iditarod. The dangerous competition sees mushers travel by sled, guiding their dogs over glaciers and two mountain passes as they race north on a course from Anchorage to Nome.

For contestants, dangers abound: frost bite, moose attacks and getting lost in white-out snow conditions to name a few. Given such grueling conditions, one would expect experience to be a deciding factor for success.

But not this year. At just 25 years old, Dallas Seavey has won the competition and the distinction of being the youngest musher ever to win the race. Seavey completed the 1,000-mile trek in just over nine days with a team of nine dogs.

Despite Seavey's young age, he has Iditarod in his blood. Not only did he enter the event as an 18-year-old, but both his father and grandfather competed in this year's race. His father Mitch Seavey, age 52, came in seventh and his grandfather is still competing, currently in 51st place.

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Dallas Seavey is the winner of this year's Iditarod, the youngest ever winner at the age of 25.


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