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 32)
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.

At the conclusion of the 2017 race, four dogs in Seavey's 16-dog team tested positive for Tramadol, an opioid pain medication that is also a banned substance. On Dec. 4, 2018, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race board concluded "after several meetings with Dallas Seavey, and review of all relevant information and evidence, the board does not believe that Dallas had any involvement with, or knowledge of, the events that led to the positive test in his team. The ITC concludes that it is not credible that Dallas was involved, and he is found to have committed no wrong doing. Whatever happened was completely beyond his control."[2]

As a result of the incident, the ITC implemented additional precautions along the trail to safeguard against tampering of dogs' food: all food drop bags are sealed with tamper proof zip ties, and 24/7 surveillance coverage at the Nome dog lot was added in 2018 as well as at three other checkpoints along the route.[3]

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race[edit]

Seavey's father, Mitch Seavey, won the Iditarod in 2004, 2013 and 2017. Dallas' grandfather, Dan Seavey, competed in the first two Iditarod sled dog races in 1973 and 1974, as well as the 1997 and 2012 races.[4][5]

At age 25, Dallas Seavey became the youngest musher ever to win the Iditarod, winning the 2012 Iditarod in 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes, 26 seconds.[6][7]

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 finish time of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, 19 seconds.[8] Seavey's 2014 finish time broke the record of 2011 winner John Baker by more than five hours.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

In 2017, Dallas's record time was broken by his father, Mitch Seavey. Mitch Seavey's time was 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes, 13 seconds. Dallas came in second place.[12]


Dallas Seavey placed third in the 1,200-mile Finnmarksløp in Norway in 2018, his first time competing in that event. He scratched in 2019, citing his dogs' health. He is registered to race in the 2020 Finnmarksløp.


  1. ^ Deseret News, Dallas Seavey is youngest musher to win Iditarod, March 14, 2012. URL last accessed 2012-10-29.
  2. ^ https://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12.4.18_ITC_ITC-BOD-Seavey-Joint-Release.pdf?d76335c0
  3. ^ https://d3r6t1k4mqz5i.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12.4.18_ITC_ITC-BOD-Seavey-Joint-Release.pdf?d76335c0
  4. ^ "Dan Seavey" Iditarod Insider Musher Profiles Accessed Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  5. ^ "Dan Seavey, Sr." Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Accessed Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  6. ^ "Dallas Seavy First Into Nome - Youngest to Win!" Iditarod Insider Tuesday, March 13, 2012
  7. ^ Hopkins, Kyle "Dallas Seavey claims victory in Iditarod 40" Anchorage Daily News Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  8. ^ "Current Race Standings - 2014" Accessed Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  9. ^ "Champions & Record Holders" Accessed Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  10. ^ "Seavey cruises to third Iditarod crown". Alaska Dispatch News. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "Dallas Seavey Captures 4th Iditarod Crown Record Time". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  12. ^ "Current Race Standings - 2017 Iditarod - Iditarod". iditarod.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.

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