Like father, like son, they say. Certainly that statement is true of Dallas and Mitch Seavey, two mushing competitors who for the past five years have owned the Iditarod Sled Dog Race’s winning spot.
On Tuesday, March 15, for the third year in a row, Dallas Seavey and his team of sled dogs were the first to cross the finish line of the Iditarod in Nome, Alaska. Following Dallas by only 45 seconds was second place winner, his father, Mitch Seavey.
This win is Dallas’s fourth title in five years, and his fastest—he completed the 1,000 mile course in eight days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds, Reuters reported. This time broke the record he set in 2014 by almost two hours.
Mitch Seavey has won the race twice, including in 2013, when he was the oldest competitor to ever win the title. The year before, 2012, was Dallas’s first win as the Iditarod’s youngest winner.
The Iditarod, also called the Last Great Race on Earth, has been held each year since 1973 in honor of a sled-dog team who rushed through harsh winter weather to deliver a lifesaving serum to Nome during a diphtheria outbreak in 1925.
This year, the race was met with several complications. On Saturday, March 12, a sled dog named Nash was killed and several other dogs were injured when a 26-year-old intoxicated man rode a snowmobile into four-time winner Jeff King’s team. “He was a leader, a strong puller, and lovingly dedicated to his humans,” King said of Nash in a statement. The man was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, two counts of third degree assault, and five counts of fifth degree criminal mischief.
Also, the Iditarod’s start had to be shortened and snow was shipped to Anchorage from Fairbanks.
See a video of Seaveys reuniting at the finish line: