Mitch Seavey

Fairbanks, AK - Of he 26 mushers signed up to race dog teams in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, 10 are rookies. They might be new to the race, but a few trained dog teams with a handful of well-known and champion long-distance mushers.

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One of the Toughest

Mar 12, 2014
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Nome, AK - This year’s Iditarod is not only record-breaking, it may have broken some mushers as well. The 42 annual race will not soon be forgotten.  It’s being called on of the toughest in the race’s history.

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Ruby, AK - Some mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead.  The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.

Four-time Champion Jeff King has run the Iditarod 23 times.  He knows exactly what it means when teams reach the Yukon River. “Well, it will be a chance to really evaluate team speed,” he says.

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McGrath, AK - In the aftermath of Tuesday’s rough run through the Dalzell Gorge and into Nikolai, many Iditarod mushers have had to act fast to change their race plans. 

Teams Take a Beating in the Alaska Range

Mar 4, 2014
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Rainy Pass, AK - Mushers are taking a beating on their way through the Alaska Range as the make their way down the Iditarod Trail.  There are plenty of stories about banged up gear and broken equipment.

There’s a place on the Iditarod trail where the route vanishes over a small cliff, twice. These are the Happy River Steps and they gave DeeDee Jonrowe a bit of a scare this time around. “I don’t enjoy what I just did,” she says grimly.

Mushers Take Off From Anchorage in 42nd Iditarod

Mar 2, 2014
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The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race gets underway in Willow, Alaska Sunday. On Saturday, mushers lined out their dog teams in downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial start of the race. This year's race includes six former champions and at least twenty mushers vying for a top ten finish.

Seavey is Oldest Iditarod Champion

Mar 13, 2013
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Nome, AK - The top Iditarod teams crossed under Nome’s burled arch Tuesday night.  This year’s was one of the most competitive and closest races in Iditarod history. 

A crowd in Nome cheered as 53 year old Mitch Seavey drove his ten dog team into Nome under the burled arch to become the Iditarod’s oldest champion.  Seavey made a tough final push to Nome from White Mountain with Aliy Zirkle chasing close behind. “I hate to do that to Aliy, but you know there’s only room for one winner this year, so it had to be me,” he said at the line.