Seavey profile: Athletic musher would be youngest Iditarod winner

March 12, 2012 

Dallas Seavey tends to his team and gear after arriving at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

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DALLAS SEAVEY

Age: 25

Hometown: Willow

Career highlight: 2011 Yukon Quest champion

If anyone was born to run the Iditarod, it's Dallas Seavey. He's a third-generation musher whose grandfather is an Iditarod pioneer. His father is an Iditarod champion.

He was born March 4, which means his birthday falls either right before or during the race. In 2005 when he made his Iditarod debut, he turned 18 the day before the race began. That will make it tough for anyone to snatch his status as the youngest musher in race history.

If he wins Tuesday, he will be the youngest winner in race history.

Seavey, 25, is a former state high school wrestling champion at 130 pounds and a former national champion at 125 pounds.

He's still very much an athlete, strong and lean, ready and able to hop off his sled and jog alongside to lessen his team's load. He's also a student of dog-racing strategy and sacrificed a frontrunner position earlier in the race in order to rest his dogs for a powerful finish.

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