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American Becomes Oldest Winner of Long-Distance Dog Sled Race

Mitch Seavey competes at the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska, (File Photo).
American Mitch Seavey has won the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the Alaska, becoming the oldest person to win the endurance race at the age of 53.

Seavey crossed the finish line with his dog-sled team late Tuesday in Nome, beating fellow Alaskan Aliy Zirkle by 24 minutes. Seavey took nine days, seven hours and 39 minutes to cover 1,600 kilometers.

His win comes one year after his son Dallas beat Zirkle to become the youngest person to win the Iditarod at the age of 25.

This is Mitch Seavey's second Iditarod win, the first coming in 2004. Zirkle was seeking to become the just the third woman to win the legendary race, and the first since 1990.

The race began in Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, and takes racers and their dog sled teams through several days of harsh winter conditions.