Iditarod mushers: And off he goes! Here we go!
Maggie: The Iditarod has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth.” The racers, known as mushers, each have teams of 16 dogs. They travel through rough terrain, often in blizzard-like conditions with temps as low as minus 50-degrees below zero. It can take up to two weeks to complete the 998-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome.
And the winner this year, 53-year-old Mitch Seavey, who was also the oldest competitor in the race’s history.
Iditarod announcer: Welcome home, Mitch Seavey!
Maggie: It must run in the family! Last year, Seavey’s son Dallas won the Iditarod, breaking the record for the youngest winner at age 25.
Mitch Seavey: We come by it naturally. Of course, my dad and Dallas’ grandfather involved in the first Iditarod and, pretty much, got us into mushing years and years ago.
Dallas Seavey: We’re both going out there to win the Iditarod. We’re best friends on the trail and off the trail but, you know, there’s a point in the race where I may have to pass you. Sorry.
- In what ways does the Iditarod celebrate Alaska’s past?