The 2013 Iditarod champion is: Mitch Seavey!
After 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds of racing, Mitch Seavey arrived into Nome just after midnight on Tuesday night. Aliy Zirkle finished in second place, just like she did last year.
Mitch Seavey, at 53 years old, is the oldest winner of the Iditarod in history. This is especially interesting because he is the father of Dallas Seavey, who last year became the youngest Iditarod winner ever! Dallas came in fourth place this year.
“Our” musher, Lance Mackey, finished in 19th place. Lance’s team started out great and he was the first musher to the halfway point of the race. His team then had some challenges and they fell back in the pack. It was interesting for us to read more about him in the race updates from the trail. One writer called him the “ultimate optimist”. Do you know what an optimist is? It’s a person who always thinks positively, no matter how bad things are going. You can read more about Lance’s positive attitude in this article and this earlier article. Lance was quoted as saying about his dogs, “They are exceeding my expectations. Next year this team could win.” We are proud of you, Lance!
When our class researched the mushers and nominated the ones we thought were most likely to win the Iditarod, Mitch Seavey came in third in our class voting. In fact, five out of our six nominees ended up finishing in the top 30, which means they win a share of the prize money. Although you can never completely predict the result of an event like this. we think we did some quality research to find the best mushers!
For members of our class who might be reading this over Spring Break, here’s a challenge for you: read the last three paragraphs of this article, then answer these two questions. 1. What was Mitch Seavey’s lead dog’s name? 2. What is the most interesting thing you learned about dogsled racing this year?