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Iditarod 2012: Dallas Seavey Wins Race, Beats Father Mitch

The 2012 Iditarod Tournament ended late Tuesday night and a pair of mushers with Minnesota ties finished at the front of the pack. Dallas Seavey won the race while his father, a native of Crosby, Minn., finished in seventh place (grandfather Dan Seavey is currently in 52nd place).

Seavey beat runner-up Aliy Zirkle by about an hour, making him the youngest musher to ever win the dog sled race as he turned 25 in the middle of the race. The previous record was held by a different Minnesota native as Rick Swenson won his first Iditarod at the age of 26 in 1977.

Unfortunately for Seavey, however, he was unable to also brek the record for the fastest total time running the Iditarod.

Seavey' s team traveled up the Iditarod Trail in 9 days, 04 hours, 29 minutes, 26 seconds. The record is still held by John Baker the 2011 Champion at a time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds .

Stay tuned to our Iditarod 2012 StoryStream for more coverage of the dog sled racing taking place in Alaska this month.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.