It’s too early to make comparisons to other mushers, Dallas Seavey says, but make no mistake: the 25-year-old musher is “in it to win it.”
After years of training and of progressively more competitive Iditarod runs, the son of race champion Mitch Seavey says that the 2012 race represents the “peak” for his dog team; he’s aiming to be first under the Burled Arch in Nome.
In Nikolai – where the younger Seavey caught up with KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen – Dallas said that the first part of the Iditarod isn’t about racing his team but, rather, building it: making his dog team cohesive and prepared for the final stretches of the trail to Nome. For now, Seavey says “I’m just running my team.”
Dallas Seavey departed the Nikolai checkpoint at 3:23pm Tuesday afternoon, running a full string of 16 dogs.