2012 Iditarod crowned a new champion yesterday when 25-year old Dallas Seavey crossed the finish line in Nome at approximately 7:30PM local time. He is the youngest person to ever win the event which is dubbed the "Last Great Race."
Seavey's victory comes after ten days of intense racing across a trail that is nearly a thousand miles in length. He finished exactly one hour ahead of his closest competior – Aliy Zirkle – who claimed second place. Late charging Ramey Smyth was third with Aaron Burmeister and Peter Kaiser finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Four other mushers have also made it to Nome including Dallas' father Mitch who finished the race in seventh place. Last year's champ John Baker ended in ninth.
At the moment there are still 44 other teams still out on the trail and several of those are expected to finish today. In that group are fan favorite DeeDee Jonrowe, currently running in 10th place, as well as Brent Sass and Yukon Quest champ Hugh Neff.
With the win, Dallas joins his dad as an Iditarod champ. Mitch won the race back in 2004. But more than that, the younger Seavey fulfills the promise that he has been showing over the last couple of years. Not only did he race very well in the Junior Iditarod a few years back, he also became the youngest person to win the Yukon Quest last year. Since first entering the Last Great Race at the age of 18 he has continued to improve his position every year. Following a fourth place finish last year, he was amongst the contenders heading into the 2012 edition of the race.
Congrats to Dallas, Aliy and Ramey on a great race to the finish and good luck to the remaining competitors who will continue to come in over the next few days.