The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

Iditarod racers ready to run


Dallas Seavey

The dogs are always ready to run. Their humans and race organizers are almost ready for the start of the 44th Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome on Saturday.

The Seward area is represented by strong and dedicated mushers in this year's 1,000-mile race.

Last year's champion, Dallas Seavey, is set to make his 10th run. Dallas won the race in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He's been in the top 10 seven times since he began running the Iditrod in 2005. Dallas is the son of two-time champion Mitch Seavey and grandson of Iditarod race founder Dan Seavey of Seward.

Hailing from Seward, two-time champion Mitch Seavey will run his 23rd Iditarod. The 56-year-old musher won the race in 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2015.

Travis Beals, of Turning Head Kennels in Seward, will run his fourth Iditarod. The 24 year old finished 11th last year.

Mitch Seavey

Sarah Stokey, also of Turning Head Kennels in Seward, is set to run her rookie race this year. The 27 year old has dreamed of running the Iditarod since she was six years old.

The ceremonial start is at 10 a.m. Saturday in Anchorage and the re-start is 2 p.m. Sunday from Willow Lake.

Racers start with a team of 12 to 16 dogs and must finish with six dogs.

This year's race takes the Northern route through Cripple, Ruby, Galena, Nulato and Kaltag.

Last year's purse for the race was $700,100. Winner, Dallas Seavey, took home $70,000 and a new Dodge truck.


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