53-year-old musher becomes oldest Iditarod champ

Mar 13, 2013 -- 9:00am


- NOME, Alaska (AP) - Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner Mitch Seavey says his victory is for "all of the gentlemen of a certain age." At 53, Seavey is the oldest winner of the grueling test of endurance. He and his 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday. His time in the 1,000-mile race was nine days, 7 hours and 39 minutes. Seavey's victory came after a dueling sprint against Aliy Zirkle, last year's runner-up, along the frozen, wind-whipped Bering Sea coast. Zirkle crossed the finish line 24 minutes after Seavey. For reaching Nome first, Seavey wins $50,400 and a 2013 pickup truck. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split among the next 29 mushers to cross the finish.

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