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Mitch Seavey at the ceremonial start of the 2006 Iditarod.

Mitch Seavey (born 1959)[1] is an American dog musher, who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across the U.S. state of Alaska in 2004, 2013 and 2017. At age 57, Seavey is the oldest person to win the Iditarod in 2017 (surpassing his record in 2013 at age 53). His son, Dallas Seavey, won the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Iditarod; his 2012 win made him the youngest winner ever.[2]

Seavey competed in his first Iditarod in 1982, and has completed every race since 1995. In the 1995 race, he started in Seward, and completed the entire length of the Iditarod Trail. He won the 2004 Iditarod in 9 days, 12 hours, 20 minutes, and 22 seconds. He has also won the Copper Basin 300 twice, the Klondike 300, the Kusko 300, and the Grand Portage Passage race in the state of Minnesota once. In 2008 he won the historic All Alaska Sweepstakes race with a record-breaking time of 74 hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds. .[3]

Seavey was born in Minnesota, and grew up in Seward, Alaska. He lives in Sterling, Alaska with his wife Janine and four sons Dallas, Danny, Tyrell and Conway where they run the Ididaride Sled Dog Tours. Danny has run in the Iditarod, and in the 2005 Iditarod both Tyrell and Dallas competed. Dallas won the 2012 Iditarod, becoming the youngest winner; Mitch became the oldest to win in 2013. In 2015, Mitch and Dallas became the first father and son duo in Iditarod history to claim the top two finishing positions of the race with Dallas arriving at the finish line first and Mitch coming in second.[4]

Seavey runs a dog sled tour out of Seward, Alaska which allows people from all over the country to experience dog sledding without having to run the iditarod.

Year Position Time (h:min:s)
2004 1st 9 days, 12:20:22
2005 3rd 9 days, 19:20:58
2012 7th 9 days, 13:10:58
2013 1st 9 days, 7:39:56
2014 3rd 8 days, 16:39:40
2015 2nd 8 days, 22:22:56
2016 2nd 8 days, 12:05:25
2017 1st 8 days, 03:40:13


  1. ^ Jodie Tweed, Brainerd Dispatch: Winner has Crosby ties Archived 2013-01-18 at, March 17, 2004. URL last accessed 2012-10-29.
  2. ^ Thiessen, Mark (March 14, 2017). "57-year-old Mitch Seavey becomes oldest winner of Iditarod". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Klott, Kevin, "Mitch Seavey wins All Alaska Sweepstakes", Fairbanks News Miner, March 29, 2008, archived link retrieved 2012-10-29.
  4. ^ "Dallas Seavey wins 2015 Iditarod Race". KTVA. March 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18.

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