Dallas Seavey

Dog Musher

Living for the Last Great Race on Earth

After 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds of gliding over the icy planes of Alaska with his dog sled, 25-year old Dallas Seavey on 13 March 2012 could call himself the youngest winner ever of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This race over 1150 miles (1700 kilometres) from Anchorage north to Nome is also known as ‘The Last Great Race on Earth®’. The annual journey is a fight against the elements, of which a wind-chill that can drop to -75 degrees Celsius is the least.

After his first win, Seavey won the race three more times and in 2017 he came in second.

That Seavey would join the epic race was predestined: he is the third generation in a family tradition. In 2012 his father and grandfather were in the race too. Father Mitch won the race in 2004, 2013 and 2017.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is being organized since 1973 along an historic trail that during the gold rush between 1880 and 1920 passed by the gold diggers town of Iditarod. The race is inspired by an historic event in 1925, when medicine against a diphtheria epidemic in Nome had to be brought in by dog sleds from Anchorage.

Seavey is one of seven to have won the race four or more times. He described his way to the top in his book Born to Mush. In it he describes how his dogs taught him to focus on the moment and how he survived by seeing pleasure in every challenge, from blizzards to thin sea ice.

In 2013, Dallas joined the National Geographic Channel as one of the cast of the Ultimate Survival Alaska, matching survival skills and wilderness wits over 3,000 miles of Alaska’s toughest terrain.

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