Dallas Seavey

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Dallas Seavey
2012 winner Dallas Seavey (8529437427).jpg
Dallas Seavey in Anchorage, Alaska during the ceremonial start of the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Personal information
NationalityUnited States
BornMarch 4, 1987 (1987-03-04) (age 31)
ResidenceWillow, Alaska, USA
SportDogsled racing
Event(s)Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Yukon Quest

Dallas Seavey (born March 4, 1987[1]) is an American dog musher, who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017, four of Seavey's sixteen-dog team tested positive for high doses of Tramadol, an opioid pain medication that is also a banned substance. The test was administered to four of the seven Seavey dogs that finished the race in second place, behind Seavey's father, Mitch Seavey. The Iditarod Trail Committee, which stages the event, did not discipline Seavey, nor ask him to return the $59,637 he won in prize money. The circumstances of the dosing of the four dogs and the high dosage prior to an expected test have led some to believe it was accidental or, as Seavey has claimed, an intentional attempt at sabotage by an outside party.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race[edit]

At age 25, Seavey became the youngest musher ever to win the Iditarod, winning the 2012 Iditarod in 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes, 26 seconds.[2][3] He is the son of 2004, 2013 and 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey. His grandfather, Dan Seavey, is also a veteran Iditarod musher, having competed in the first two Iditarod sled dog races in 1973 and 1974, in addition to the 1997 and 2012 races.[4][5]

Dallas Seavey and his dog team mushing through Anchorage, Alaska during the ceremonial start of the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

In 2014, Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod, completing the race less than two minutes ahead of second-place finisher Aliy Zirkle, with a record fast finish time of 8 days, 13 hours 4 minutes and 19 seconds.[6] Seavey's 2014 finish time broke the previous record of 2011 winner John Baker by more than five hours.[7]

In 2015, Seavey won the Iditarod for a third time, in a race held from Fairbanks to Nome, with the official start moved due to a lack of snow in Southcentral Alaska.[8]

In 2016, Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod for a fourth time, this time breaking his own record time. His time was 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds.[9]

In 2017, Dallas's record time was broken by his father, Mitch Seavey. Mitch Seavey's time was 8d 3h 40m 13s. Dallas came in second place.[10]


  1. ^ Deseret News, Dallas Seavey is youngest musher to win Iditarod, March 14, 2012. URL last accessed 2012-10-29.
  2. ^ "Dallas Seavy First Into Nome - Youngest to Win!" Iditarod Insider Tuesday, March 13, 2012
  3. ^ Hopkins, Kyle "Dallas Seavey claims victory in Iditarod 40" Anchorage Daily News Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  4. ^ "Dan Seavey" Iditarod Insider Musher Profiles Accessed Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  5. ^ "Dan Seavey, Sr." Accessed Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  6. ^ "Current Race Standings - 2014" Accessed Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  7. ^ "Champions & Record Holders" Accessed Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  8. ^ "Seavey cruises to third Iditarod crown". Alaska Dispatch News. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dallas Seavey Captures 4th Iditarod Crown Record Time". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  10. ^ "Current Race Standings - 2017 Iditarod - Iditarod". iditarod.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.

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