MI woman finishes grueling Iditarod in 10 days, with 10 dogs left

Doug Mendoza
March 18, 2017

A warmer winter meant the start of the race was moved north from Willow Lake to Fairbanks in search of snow, shifting the route largely out of the the Alaska Range, which probably made the going a little easier.

This year he became the fastest and the oldest musher to win the race.

This year's Iditarod victor was Mitch Seavey, 57, who crossed the finish line late Tuesday, becoming the race's fastest and oldest winning musher. Kristy crossed the finish line at 2:29 p.m. Alaska time Thursday, followed 21 seconds later by her sister. After the race, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, Seavey collected a check for $75,000 and a new pickup truck, ate a cheeseburger and took a call from the state's governor, telling him, "I recommend you budget more money for dog mushing".

"Fifty-seven used to be old, and it's not anymore", Seavey said during a post-race news conference.

After the win, Seavey said to his team, "Good dogs".

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"They deserve far better than a lifetime of isolation, cruelty, suffering, and death training for and running in the Iditarod".

"Any musher found guilty of inhumane treatment would be disqualified and banned from competition in future Iditarods", according to an Iditarod Trail Committee statement emailed to The Associated Press late Tuesday. Another dog died while being transported to Anchorage in a plane after being dropped, and a fifth Iditarod dog was hit and killed in Anchorage after it escaped from a handler's home.

"We have to go back and perform our due diligence, and that's what we're doing", he said.

Over the 1,000-mile course, Seavy and his team of 11 dogs averaged 10-11 miles per hour, running through temperatures that dipped as low as negative 50 degrees.

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