NOME, Alaska (March 13, 2013)—Mitch Seavey, 53, a former champion, won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Wednesday to become the oldest competitor to win Alaska's grueling test of endurance.
Seavey and 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 p.m. Alaska Tuesday.
The victory in the 1,000-mile race came after a dueling sprint against Aliy Zirkle, last year's runner-up, along the Bering Sea coast.
The pair jostled for the lead, closely followed by four-time champion Jeff King.
Seavey, who first won the Iditarod in 2004, is the father of last year's champion, Dallas Seavey, who at 25 became the youngest Iditarod winner ever, beating Zirkle to the finish line by one hour.
Before Mitch Seavey's second win, King was the oldest Iditarod champion, winning his fourth race at age 50 in 2006.