Oldest Man Wins Iditarod

In the pitch black of the arc­tic night, 53-year old Mitch Seavey crossed the fin­ish line in Nome, Alas­ka to become the old­est win­ner in Idi­tar­od his­to­ry.  His son Dal­las, 25, was last year’s Idi­tar­od cham­pi­on and set his own record as the youngest win­ner in history.

Race-Map-Odd-Years-11The elder Seavey fin­ished the 1,000-mile race in 9 days, 7 hours, and 39 min­utes. Right behind him was last year’s sec­ond place fin­ish­er, Aliy Zirkle. The two rac­ers bat­tled neck and neck through the last few check­points, with Zirkle as close as 13 min­utes behind. But Seavey’s team expand­ed their lead in the home stretch with his orange and brown husky named Tan­ner lead­ing the way.

Pre­vi­ous champ Jeff King fin­ished in third, and the winner’s son, Dal­las, fin­ished in fourth place this year.