Mitch Seavey, 53, became the oldest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race when his team reached the finish of the 998-mile event Tuesday night in Nome, Alaska.
NOME, Alaska — Mitch Seavey became the oldest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race when his team reached the finish of the 998-mile event Tuesday night.
Cancer survivor Seavey, a 53-year-old from Sterling, Alaska, earned $50,400 and a new truck for winning the 41st running of the Iditarod. He also won the 2004 race.
Seavey surpassed Jeff King, who was 50 in 2006 when he won his last of four titles.
“This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age,” Seavey said after winning in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds.
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Seavey’s son, Dallas, won last year’s event.
There was plenty of suspense Tuesday as Aliy Zirkle, last year’s runner-up, put pressure on Mitch Seavey.
Seavey was the first musher into the checkpoint at White Mountain, 77 miles from the finish. He was 13 minutes ahead of Zirkle.
All mushers have to take an eight-hour mandatory rest at White Mountain. Seavey and Zirkle resumed their journeys early Tuesday afternoon.
Seavey expanded his lead. He left the Safety checkpoint, which is 22 miles from the finish, 25 minutes before Zirkle. They had 10 dogs each, after starting with 16 each last week.
Jan Steves of Edmonds dropped out of the race Tuesday.