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March 11, 2014

Musher Comes from Behind to Win Iditarod Sled Dog Race

by VOA News

Eight days and 13 hours after he began, the winner has crossed the finish line in the nearly 1,500 kilometer Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Picking up his second win, Dallas Seavey drove his dogsled across the finish line early Tuesday in Nome, Alaska. He came from behind to pass four-time race winner Jeff King and second place finisher Aliy Zirkle in the last 124 kilometers.

Seavey became the youngest Iditarod champion when he won the 2012 race at age 25. He comes from a family of mushers, as the sled drivers are called. Seavey's grandfather helped organize the first race in 1973 and his father won last year and in 2006.

The Iditarod race, from just outside Anchorage to Nome, was marked by poor conditions because of a lack of snow due to a warm winter.

The race began March 2 in the town of Willow with 69 teams. By Monday, 15 mushers had dropped out, leaving 53 teams on the trail. In odd numbered years the race is run from Nome to Anchorage.

The Iditarod winner receives $50,000 and a new truck.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.