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Sewardites race toward Iditarod


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

A future racing dog tours downtown Seward in August.

Travis Beals turned bib number 13 into a fifth place finish from a field of 44 mushers in the Copper Basin 300 Saturday. The Seward High School graduate, along with his fiancee Sarah Stokey, has turned his proclivity for pooches into a going concern in the form of Turning Heads Kennel alongside Resurrection River.

Recently, Beals has been putting in time training at Knik near Wasilla, waiting for snow to come to Seward. Beals placed 12th in the Knik 200 earlier this month.

Up and coming area mushers Conway Seavey and Ashley Guernsey are running alonside Beals in the Feb. 1 Tustumena 200 as their stepping stone to the Junior Iditarod. Guernsey is sponsored by the Iditarod Trail Blazers and will be running a Rick Tarpey team.

Seward alumni Dallas Seavey and father, Mitch, are also in training for the 2014 Iditarod.

Transplanted to Willow, Dallas got back onto the sled in September following a summer break. 2013 Iditarod champ Mitch has been working out at his Sterling complex with an eye toward two wins in a row.

The musher's drawing is coming up on Feb. 27 and the race starts Mar. 1.


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