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Iditarod Race 2014 Winner: Dallas Seavey, as Family Continues Reign

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Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 02:09 PM

By Clyde Hughes

The Seavey family continued their dominance in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, as Dallas Seavey won the 2014 competition, crossing the finish line just a little more than two minutes ahead of the next competitor.

Seavey, 27, won his first title in 2012 and his father, Mitch, claimed his second victory in 2013, according to the Anchorage Daily News. 

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Trailing by three hours, Seavey picked up the pace in the last 77 miles of the 1,000-mile race to pass Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King. Zirkle missed first place by just two minutes and 21 seconds, the second-closest Iditarod in the history of the race, according to Fox Sports. 

It was a disappointing defeat for Zirkle. She was the leader on Sunday and finished second for the third consecutive year, according to the Star Tribune. 

Seavey and Zirkle broke previous Iditarod speed records. Seavey finished the race in eight days, 13 hours, four minutes, and 19 seconds. Zirkle finished in eight days, 13 hours, six minutes, and 41 seconds. The old record was set by John Baker in 2011 at eight days, 18 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds.

The weather turned nasty on Monday, and Seavey was able to push past his competitors. King, who was leading on Monday, scratched himself from the race when high winds blew him and his dogs off the trail, stalling him several miles outside the safety area.

Zirkle decided to stay in the safety area after snowmachiners told her the wind had flipped sleds and that conditions were worsening. This allowed Seavey to get to the front.

"I was worried about Dallas," Zirkle told the Daily News. "I was worried about everybody behind me."

When Seavey sledded past the safety, Zirkle took off but was some 19 minutes behind him. She wasn't able to get an edge over Seavey.

Winds were blowing at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Seavey gambled on the averse conditions, which allowed him to come out on top.

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