The record for the fastest winning time in the Iditarod was set by Mitch Seavey, a musher from Seward, Alaska. On March 14th of this year, Seavey completed the grueling race in just 8 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes. This incredible achievement beat out his own record which he set in 2017 at 8 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes.
Mitch's sons also joined him on this remarkable journey; however it was ultimately their 58-year-old father who broke the finish line first with an impressive lead. His son Nicolas came in second place clocking an impressive time of 9 days, 1 hour and 57 minutes but still couldn't keep up with his father's amazing feat.
The Iditarod is a long-distance sled dog race which stretches across nearly 1000 miles of Alaskan terrain between Anchorage and Nome. It's known for testing participants physical stamina as well as their mental strength; both traits that Seavey obviously has a great deal of.
Mitch Seavey has been involved with the Iditarod since 1978 when he first began participating as a handler for other mushers. His dedication to the sport was evident from day one, eventually leading him to become one of the most successful Iditarod racers ever. His accomplishments include over 20 top 10 finishes along with four previous wins in addition to this year's record-breaking victory.
Seavey dedicated his success to his team of loyal dogs saying “This has been a tremendous effort by an incredible team - my human team and especially my canine team." He went on to thank everyone for their support throughout his journey adding "I'm very grateful that all worked out."