Oldest-Ever Iditarod Winner Continues Family Tradition
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Mitch Seavey, 53, won his second Iditarod Tuesday. His son won last year, and his father helped found the race.


(Image source: Anchorage Daily News ) BY BRIAN BONDUS The 2013 Iditarod ended late Tuesday night when Mitch Seavey crossed the finish line for the second time in his extensive dog racing career. KTUU has the call. “Right there it is, Mitch Seavey, your 2013 Iditarod champion just a year after his son becomes the youngest champion ever. Mitch Seavey wins his second Iditarod.” “Mitch Seavey became the oldest man to win the Iditarod at 53 years old taking 9 days 7 hours and 56 minutes to mush his way over 1000 miles.” It’s kind of a family sport. Mitch’s father Dan helped found the race in 1973 and ran in the first two.  He’s passed the bug to his son and grandson who have three titles between the two. This year’s race was the fourth closest in the Iditarod’s history. Here’s trail video from the runner-up Aliy Zerkle. She holds the fastest time for a female musher ever and was trying to be the first female winner since 1990. She also came in second last year when Mitch Seavey’s son, Dallas won. Losing is always tough, but it’s tough to win when you’re taking on the whole family.  Bleacher Report calls the Seaveys “the first family of mushing.” Mitch Seavey got $50,000 and a pickup truck for his victory.