With his team of nine champion huskies, Dallas Seavey reached Nome, Alaska, on Wednesday morning after eight days, 18 hours, and 13 minutes to win this year’s Iditarod. He finished the 1,000-mile dogsled race at 4:13 a.m. The prize for first place is $70,000 and a new pickup truck.
A crowd, some still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, gathered on Front Street to welcome Seavey, 28, as he sealed his third Iditarod title, reports the Alaska Dispatch News. Among the gathered were four generations of Seaveys. Dallas’ grandfather, Dan Seavey, helped found the race in the 1970s.
“As long as you take care of the dog team and make good decisions, good things will happen,” Seavey told the ADN. “We loved every second of it.”
It was clear that Seavey would win. His closest competitor—his father, two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey—had been four hours behind at the last checkpoint, 80 miles from Nome.