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  • Seavey claims second Iditarod

  • NOME, Alaska — Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win.
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  • NOME, Alaska — Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win.
    The victory was so strange that Seavey said he didn't even realize he won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line.
    "Man, this is a lot of people coming out to see third place come in," he thought about the hubbub when he arrived in Nome early Tuesday morning.
    "I just found out that I won. I think you guys knew before I did," he told a packed convention hall in Nome early Tuesday morning.
    He thought he was "racing my dad for third," he said. But the trailing musher he thought was his father, defending champion Mitch Seavey, was actually Aliy Zirkle, and they were battling for first place.
    Seavey finished the race in eight days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds, easily breaking the previous record set in 2011. Zirkle was 2 minutes 22 seconds behind him.
    The race began March 2 in Willow with 69 teams. As of Tuesday morning, 17 mushers had dropped out and one was withdrawn.
    The Iditarod winner receives $50,000 and a new truck. The 29 teams after that get cash prizes decreasing on a sliding scale.
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