It’s been quite a ride: A 53-year-old former champion has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s gruelling test of endurance.
Mitch Seavey and 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday.
“This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age,” he said after crossing the finish line in temperatures just above zero. His race time in the 1,600-kilometre race was nine days, 7 hours and 39 minutes. (Bill Roth/The Anchorage Daily News)
Photo, middle right: A musher and dog team cross the ice between the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints. (Bill Roth/The Anchorage Daily News)
Bottom photo: Iditarod Air Force pilot Scott Ivany prepares to take off with a load of dropped dogs in his Cessna 185. (Bill Roth/The Anchorage Daily News)