Iditarod 2013, Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod, becoming the oldest champion in the race’s 41-year history, crossing the finish line in Nome in a time of nine days, seven hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds.
Mitch Seavey won the 2013 Iditarod, becoming the oldest winner in the 41-year history of The Last Great Race.
The 53-year-old Seavey not only held off Aliy Zirkle, who was just 13 minutes behind leaving White Mountain, the second-to-last checkpoint, but managed to pull away, reaching Nome nearly 24 minutes before Zirkle, who finished as the runner-up in the Iditarod for the second consecutive year. The winning margin — 23 minutes and 39 seconds — makes it the fourth-closest race in Iditarod history.
Seavey, who also won the Iditarod in 2004, crossed under the burled arch on Nome’s Front Street at 10:39 p.m. local time Tuesday, finishing in a time of nine days, seven hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds. Seavey’s team was led by Tanner, his 6-year old, orange-brown husky.
“I gotta go congratulate my lead dog Tanner,” Seavey said after his team came to a stop. “He’s probably the best I’ve ever had.
“Tanner is happy to be a sled dog and he makes it look easy.”