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Dallas Seavey Breaks Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Record

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Dallas Seavey poses with lead dogs at Iditarod finish. (REUTERS/Diane Haecker/Nome Nugget)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 Mar 2016 12:18 PM

Dallas Seavey set a record pace early Tuesday morning to win his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and fourth race in the last five years.

Seavey completed the nearly 1,000-mile race in a record time of 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds, reported The Associated Press. He arrived in Nome at 2:20 a.m.

And the record Seavey beat? It was the one he set in 2014, And he did it with just six dogs, after starting the race nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska with 16. No other musher this year had fewer dogs.

The 2016 Iditarod will be remembered for an attack on two mushers on the trail near the checkpoint in Nulato. Arnold Demoski is accused of intentionally driving a snowmobile into musher Aliy Zirkle's team and then the team of four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King. One of King's dogs was killed, and at least two other dogs were injured.

Demoski said he was returning home from a night of drinking when he struck the teams. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Demoski's attorney, Bill Satterberg, declined comment to the AP on Monday.

Seavey said at the finish that he spent the first two-thirds of the race "dead on my feet" and had never been so tired.

"This was a heck of a trip, all the way from the start. It was up and down," said Seavey, who picked up $75,000 and a new pickup for winning the race.

The Iditarod started March 6 in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, and took mushers across two mountain ranges, down the Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast.

Eighty-five mushers began the race, but 12 had scratched, including four-time champion Lance Mackey. He dropped out Monday, citing personal health concerns.

Seavey's record time beat his previous record set in 2014 of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, 19 seconds. His only loss in his Iditarod racing career was to his father, Mitch Seavey, who won in 2013.

Mitch Seavey took second place in this year's race, coming in just after his son early Tuesday morning.

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