March 14, 2017
WHITE MOUNTAIN — When defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey and his 10 sled dogs pulled into this tiny community at 1:35 a.m Tuesday, he asked about his 57-year-old dad. He wanted to know when Mitch Seavey had arrived.
About two hours earlier, a volunteer told him.
“Yeah, he’s going to crush it, man,” replied the 30-year-old Seavey, who arrived second to the checkpoint 77 miles from Nome. “He’s way into new record territory, isn’t he?”‘
It appears that he is.
By Tuesday morning, two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey seemed just about untouchable. Anything can happen in the final miles to Nome, but Mitch and his team have had speed on their side for much of this year’s race.
As he reached this checkpoint and prepared for a mandatory eight-hour rest, his team remained ready to race, he said.
“I don’t think it could be any better. I’m here with some kind of lead anyway and a nice, fast team,” Mitch said as he waited for cold water from the river to warm so he could feed his 12-dog team in the subzero cold. “I don’t think I could complain about anything.”
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