Seavey wins Iditarod, Parkway West grad finishes 2nd
NOME, AK (KTVI)-Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod sled-dog race in three years early Tuesday morning. Seavey and his dog team finished the 42nd annual, 1,000-mile race through the Alaskan tundra in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds, breaking the race’s three-year-old record.
Seavey’s just edged out Aliy Zirkle, who claimed her third consecutive runner-up finish. Finishing just two minutes behind, she would have been the first woman to win in more than two decades. Zirkle is a graduate of Parkway West High, class of 1988. According to her biography at Iditarod.com, she moved to Alaska in 1990, to work for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Since becoming a musher, she has finished the Iditarod 12 times.
In a bit of end of race drama, high winds and blowing snow led race leader and four-time champion Jeff King to drop out just 25 miles from the finish line.
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race commemorates a 1925 rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum by sled-dog relay to Nome. The race draws entrants from across the U.S. and from as far away as Norway, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Jamaica.
Click here from a 2011 profile of Zirkle from our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.