Dallas Seavey – From Rookie to Record Holder
Name: Dallas Seavey
Birth Date: March 4, 1987
Birth Place: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Residence: Willow, Alaska
By the numbers:
Number of Iditarod Finishes: 10 finishes out of 10 attempts
Best Finish: 1st (4 times) 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Best Time: 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds
Total Earnings: $396,215.88
Impressive Statistic: Has won the Iditarod 3 times in a row (Tied for second most consecutive wins with Susan Butcher and Doug Swingley)
Dallas currently holds the record for the fastest finish time of the 1,000 mile Iditarod race, and in 2012, at age 25, became the youngest winner in Iditarod history. Dallas is a third generation Iditarod musher. His grandfather, Dan Seavey, competed in his first race in 1973, and father, Mitch Seavey, competed in his first race in 1982 and is a two-time champion.
In 2009 Dallas purchased a group of “B-Team” dogs, known as the “scrubs,” from his father. Each dog was either too big, too small, or in one way or another, didn’t have what it took to be considered for a winning sled-dog team. Amazingly, Dallas raced this team of misfits to a sixth place finish. With that success, Dallas knew he would need to break the traditional mold of sled dog training, and so he developed new techniques. Three years later, in 2012, this B-Team became Iditarod Champions, setting a finish time of 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes, and 26 seconds: an hour ahead of second place finisher, Aliy Zirkle.
Dallas is currently tied with Iditarod legends Martin Buser, Susan Butcher, Jeff King, Lance Mackey and Doug Swingley with four Iditarod wins. Sitting atop this group is Rick Swenson, the “King of the Iditarod,” who has won 5 times.
At just thirty years old, and with four wins under his belt, Dallas is set up to tie and/or become the all-time champion. With four wins in five years, Dallas is looking to stay hot and put his name at the top next to Rick Swenson in 2017.
Dallas Seavey has appeared on three seasons of Ultimate Survival Alaska, featured on the National Geographic Channel.
Here are a few others featured on The Alaska Life:
2017 Iditarod Reroute
2017 Iditarod Rookies
The Original Iditarod Trail
Dog Races – The Fastest Dogs Don’t Always Win
Why Moving the Iditarod Trail is a Good Idea