As he cruised towards the finish line, fans in Nome reached out to give the three-time champion high-five. After setting his hook, Seavey stopped to hug each dog individually, then shared hugs with members of the Seavey clan gathered under the bright lights.
Upon being congratulated by a bystander, Seavey uttered the words all race-watchers already knew.
"We got 'er done," he said.
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. "We loved every second of it.''
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