Iditarod winner wins second title and unseats his father, the defending champion
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 01:07
March 11 - Winner Dallas Seavey has long family connection to the marathon sled-dog race. Jennifer Davis reports.
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Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod sled-dog race in three years Tuesday, taking the lead just hours before crossing the finishing line and unseating his father, the defending champion, in the process.
The 27-year-old and his canine team finished the 1,000-mile race through the Alaskan tundra and into the coastal community of Nome in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
The end of this punishing around-the-clock marathon was especially challenging this year with high winds and swirling snow over the final stretch, and temperatures as low as -7 degrees Fahrenheit.
Seavey holds the record for being the youngest champion ever; he was 25 when he won in 2012. His grandfather helped organize the first Iditarod in 1973.
This year his prize includes $50,000 and a new truck.
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