As late-night partiers flooded onto Front Street, Dallas Seavey's claimed a third Iditarod championship early Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old's wispy blonde goatee was coated in frost by the 10-degree temperatures as he crossed the finish line at 4:13 a.m.
Fans reached out to give the three-time champion high-fives as he neared the finish line. 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. Father Mitch crossed the finish line second at 8:23 a.m., cementing the first one-two Iditarod finish by a parent-child combo. It was also the most lucrative finish in race history -- $128,600 for father and son, plus a new Dodge truck for the youngster.
Dallas immediately 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."