“Dallas is a believer,” says his dad, as reported by the Alaska Public Media. “If it’s out there to be achieved, he thinks it’s already his and usually he turns out to be right.”
This is the story of a father and son duo, who have worked together to achieve a place in Iditarod history. Much congratulations to them. Dallas’ beliefs have come true, and I’d say his dad’s have, too.
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Dallas Seavey and his dog team came running down front to claim victory in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and he sat a new race record.
The younger Seavey finished less than an hour ahead of his father.
Although his team was small at only six dogs, Dallas Seavey was able to shave time from the previous race record – one he set back in 2014.
“I was kind of surprised to see how fast the time was, but I had it in the back of my mind that this just might be a record breaker and if any dog deserves it it’s this team right here,” he said.
This is Seavey’s fourth win in five years.
After an awards ceremony that included a $75,000 check and a new pickup truck, Seavey left the finish line for a few minutes – long enough to grab a cup of coffee, before his father and two-time champion Mitch Seavey drove his dog team under the burled arch that marks the finish line of the 1000 mile race.
The elder Seavey didn’t talk nearly as much about his own race as he did about his son’s.
“Dallas is a believer,” he said. “If it’s out there to be achieved, he thinks it’s already his and usually he turns out to be right.”