New Record Set for Fastest Trip to Nome and Oldest Iditarod Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2017

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition congratulate Mitch Seavey and his dog team on their record-breaking Iditarod victory today. Seavey arrived in Nome at 3:40 this afternoon with an official time of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 13 seconds. He shattered the old speed record set last year by his son Dallas Seavey, who is a four time Iditarod champion.

“Mitch Seavey and his team posted a dominating performance that will go down as one of the best in the long and storied history of the greatest race on earth. It’s good to see someone even older than me win this thing,” said Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham). “This year’s Iditarod has shown that the great Alaskan sport of dog mushing is thriving. We’re all cheering Mitch Seavey’s win, but congratulations should go to every musher who tackles 1,000 miles of wintertime Alaska terrain with nothing more than a sled and a team of canine athletes.”

At the age of 57, Mitch Seavey broke his own record as the oldest winner of the Iditarod. Seavey has now won the Iditarod three times.

“The Iditarod reflects who we are as Alaskans. It honors the mode of transportation that has served Alaska Native people for hundreds of years and is a testament to the toughness of those who call Alaska home,” said Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome). “I wish I could have been there to see Mitch Seavey’s record-shattering finish, but I know Nome made him and his dog team feel welcome. Hopefully, they are getting some well-deserved rest.”

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

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