Although the excitement surrounding Dallas Seavey’s Iditarod win was clearly Wednesday’s race highlight, people continued to gather along the finishing chute as the rest of the front-runners arrived in continually rising temperatures.Matt Tunseth
Vehicles lined Front Street past the edge of downtown Nome to watch Aaron Burmeister come off the sea ice and into the city, where he was welcomed back to familiar terrain by a group of traditional dancers. Matt Tunseth
They're young, they're fast, they're anxious to please. Hero, Beatle and Reef were star dogs for Dallas Seavey, all raised in his Willow kennel. Bad news for competitors: The JV squad is headed for a top-20 finish. Matt Tunseth
The Seaveys have become the first family of distance mushing over the past decade, with four Iditarod titles and the prospect of going one-two in this year's race. The family has known a lot of success, but that wasn’t always the case.Matt Tunseth
Combined with his father's win in 2013, Dallas's win Wednesday gave the Seavey family title to victories in four straight Iditarods and propelled Dallas into rarefied air. Only six other mushers in race history have three or more victories, a list topped by five-time champion Rick Swenson. Seavey gave full credit to the dogs. "As long as you take care of the dog team and make good decisions, good things will happen,'' he said.
Defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey wasn’t in any rush to return to the trail, holding a lead of more than four hours. Compare that to a year ago, when he left the same checkpoint some three hours behind four-time champion Jeff King.Alaska Dispatch News