NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey rallied from third place to win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska.
He told a packed convention hall in Nome early Tuesday that he didn’t even realize he won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line.
He had to come from a three-hour deficient to overcome mushers Jeff King and Aliy (AL’-ee) Zirkle in the last 77 miles. He was third into the second-to-last checkpoint in White Mountain, where mushers are required to take an eight-hour rest.
Later, high winds blew King off course and blizzard-like conditions forced Zirkle to stop at Safety, the last checkpoint in the race, 22 miles from Nome.
The 27-year-old Seavey also won the race in 2012.
The Iditarod winner receives $50,000 and a new truck.