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Dallas Seavey wins the 2011 Yukon Quest

February 17, 2011

Dallas Seavey wins the Yukon Quest: Dallas Seavey, age 23, has won the 2011 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, making him the youngest winner ever of that race, which ended in Fairbanks, Alaska yesterday after ten days and 1,000 miles.

Dallas won a prize of $28,395 for winning the 2011 Yukon Quest. The race started in Dawson City in the Yukon Territory way back on February 5th. (What were you doing on February 5th? I can't remember.) Twenty-five mushers started the race way back then, and eleven mushers scratched or withdrew from the race.

Dallas Seavey and the Seavey family

For me this is cool because I've met Mr. Seavey several times, going as far back as 2004 or possibly 2002. His family has run an Ididaride dog show and tour out of Seward, Alaska, and then they created a new show named Wild Ride in Anchorage starting in 2007 (I believe). It sounds corny to say it, but I distinctly remember the first time I met him, and immediately thought, "Geez, that's a nice, well-mannered kid helping run the family business." (Of course that was at least seven years ago, and he's 23 now.)

In 2004 Dallas Seavey became the youngest person to enter and finish the Iditarod, and the Seavey family name has been part of sled dog racing for many years, going back to his grandfather, and of course his father, Mitch Seavey, he won the Iditarod in 2004.

More Yukon Quest 2011 information

The weather for this year's Yukon Quest was worse than ever. You can read all the initial details at this story on the Anchorage Daily News website and this story at the Fairbanks News Miner website.

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