4-time Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey Facts: Family & Career Wins
Dallas Seavey is one of the youngest and most competitive dog mushers today.
He won his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Championship in 2012 and won the competition for three consecutive years from 2014 to 2016.
He was born March 4, 1987, in Virginia to a three-time Iditarod champion, Mitch Seavey and Janine Seavey.
His grandfather, Dan Seavey is also a veteran Iditarod musher, who competed in the Iditarod sled dog races in 1973, 1974, 1997 and 2012.
Dallas’ sled dog racing career began at the age of 5, and as a teenager, he competed in the 160-mile race.
In 2005, he became the youngest musher to compete at Iditarod. The race began just a day after he turned 18.
Dallas became the youngest musher ever to win the Iditarod, completing the race in 9 days, 4 hrs, 29 min and 26 sec.
He won his second Iditarod in 2014, completing the race less than 2 minutes of second finisher, Aliy Zirkle.
He won the Iditarod for the third time in 2015, in a race held from Fairbanks to Nome and his fourth win came in 2016.
In 2016’s race, he broke his own record time, completing the race in 8 days, 11 hrs, 20 min and 16 sec.
His father broke his record time in 2017, completing in 8 days, 3 hrs, 40 min, and 13 sec. Dallas came in second place.
In 2017, four of Dallas’s 16-dog team tested positive for high doses of Tramadol, which is a banned substance.
The Iditarod Trail Committee didn’t discipline him, nor asked him to return $59,637, his prize money.
The circumstances of the dosing of the four dogs were expected to be either accidental or an intentional attempt at sabotage by an outside party.
Dallas is married to a woman named Jen and has a daughter, Annie with her.