Iditarod Winner : Seavey wins second straight Iditarod title

Iditarod Winner : Seavey wins second straight Iditarod title

Dallas Seavey won the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this morning, crossing the finish line in Nome shortly after 4 a.m. to become a three-time winner of the 1,000-mile trek across Alaska.

Pulling under the wooden arch in Nome at 4:13 a.m with a total time of 8 days 18 hours 13 minutes 6 seconds, the 28-year-old veteran musher from Willow, Alaska, has won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This is his third first-place finish, having also won in 2012.

He remained in the top 10 throughout much of the race. The turning point for Seavey came when he sliced through a 1-hour Aaron Burmeister lead heading from Shaktoolik into Koyuk. From there, he didn’t let up.

Wearing Bib #46, Seavey pulled into downtown Nome to cheering crowds with nine dogs in harness and one on the sled. His dogs have averaged a speedy 7.6 mph throughout this year’s trail, according to data from the Iditarod Insider.

With this win, Seavey becomes the youngest musher to achieve back-to-back Iditarod victories. He also becomes the fifth musher to win two consecutive races.

In 2014, a combination of rough, icy trail conditions and extremely cold, windy weather forced race leader and veteran musher Jeff King to scratch just 25 miles outside of Nome. Without knowing King’s situation, Dallas pulled into Nome in record time, unaware he had finished first.

So, what does he win?

The total winner’s pot for this year’s race is $725,100 — divided up among the top 30 finishers. Dallas Seavey will take home $70,000 and a brand new Dodge Ram truck valued at $40,000.

Mushers on this year’s 979-mile Iditarod trail have been hammered with high winds and temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. But the trail itself has been relatively friendly compared to last year.

Second place is still up for grabs, but it looks as though it will be a son/father Seavey finish. Mitch Seavey left White Mountain 34 minutes ahead of Aaron Burmeister and has maintained his lead. If he pulls into Nome second, this would be the first time a father/son duo has pulled off a first/second place finish in the Iditarod.