Today is the official start of the Iditarod, The Last Great Race on Earth®. But for many, including me, the Mushers Banquet on February 28 was the real beginning of the race.
There, I met mushers of all ages who will run the race, including several past champions, such as Dallas Seavey, who, in 2012, at age 25, was the youngest Iditarod winner ever. A bit of a rock star who was swamped by fans, Dallas, a third-generation musher, also won the 2011 Yukon Quest race and is Alaska’s first and only national wrestling champion. When asked what he thought of Togo—the sled dog who led a team over the longest and most brutal leg of the 1925 Serum Run—he said a word that very loosely translates to “guts!” I agree! Continue reading