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25-Year-Old Sets Record As Iditarod’s Youngest Winner

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
March 14, 2012

There’s a new record in the Iditarod: A 25 year old has become the youngest musher to win the approximately thousand-mile trans-Alaskan sled dog race.

Dallas Seavey slid into Nome, Alaska, at 7:29 p.m. yesterday with nine dogs, finishing the race in nine days, four hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds.

“We went into this race with a dog team that I knew had the ability to win the Iditarod,” Seavey said in a post-race press conference in Nome. “We spent most of the race building a monster – a dog team that couldn’t be stopped.”

Seavey is a third-generation Iditarod racer; his father, Mike, won the race in 2004 and finished this year’s race in seventh place, nine hours behind Dallas. Grandfather Dan Seavey, 74, is currently on the trail in 52nd place and is the only musher in this year’s race who also competed in the first Iditarod in 1973.

Below you’ll find some photos of this year’s race, and be sure to check out our story last week about Scott Janssen, a mortician-slash-sled-dog racer who successfully gave one of his dogs “mouth to snout” CPR on the trail. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

One Response to “25-Year-Old Sets Record As Iditarod’s Youngest Winner”

  1. Margery Glickman says:

    What happens to dogs during the Iditarod includes death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs who froze to death in the brutally cold winds.

    Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. Here’s just one example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. It’s dangerous for the dogs with this disease to exercise with any intensity. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

    FOR MORE FACTS: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

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