J. J. Keller Mushers Dallas and Mitch Seavey Dominate 2015 Iditarod With 1st and 2nd Places
Neenah, WI – The Seavey family has done it again! Dallas Seavey, age 28, has won the 2015 Iditarod, and his father, Mitch Seavey, age 55, has captured second place.
Dallas, sponsored by James and Rosanne Keller (representing J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.) – used his unique training regimen and group of Iditarod veteran dogs to win the 43rd annual Iditarod Alaskan sled dog race on Wednesday, March 18, at 4:13 a.m. ADST. He finished in 8 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and 6 seconds with 10 dogs.
Dallas competed in temperatures as cold as -45°F and wind gusts of over 40 mph with many windblown trails and periods of heavy snow, overcoming frostbite to beat out 78 other registered mushers. This year’s route started in Fairbanks, Alaska – changed due to low snow conditions at the starting point – for only the second time in Iditarod history. The revised route added around 600 miles of river ice.
Proving that mushing success is a family tradition, in his 22nd Iditarod race, Mitch Seavey (Bib #18), also sponsored by James and Rosanne Keller (representing J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.) came in second place, finishing at 8:22 a.m. ADST. He finished in 8 days, 22 hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds with 10 dogs.
Mitch Seavey was also the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Ruby, earning him the PennAir Spirit of Alaska Award, which includes a spirit mask and a $500 credit on PennAir. He was followed by Dallas just two minutes later.
Waiting at the finish line with his wife, James Keller spoke on behalf of the J. J. Keller/Seavey team: “Dallas just keeps on amazing us and the mushing world. He is an elite athlete and works very hard at his craft. We are very proud of his 3rd championship in the past four years and our sponsorship that started in 2006!”
Keller had this to say about Mitch’s race: “Mitch ran a great race and amazed us all by pulling out second place. This is a terrific athletic accomplishment for Mitch. His physical endurance and training have paid off. We are proud to sponsor Mitch and what he stands for.”
Dallas’ third win puts him on par with other great, multi-win mushers such as Lance Mackey, Susan Butcher, Jeff King, Martin Buser, Doug Swingley, and Rick Swenson. As the champion, Dallas received $70,000 and a brand-new pickup truck.
The 2015 race was Dallas’ ninth run to the famed Burled Arch. In that time, he has racked up a number of Iditarod records:
- 2015 – Youngest musher to win 3 Iditarod championships – age 28
- 2014 – Iditarod record finish (8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds) — age 27
- 2012 – Youngest musher to win the Iditarod — age 25
- 2011 – Youngest musher to finish the race in a top five position — 4th place, age 24
- 2010 – Seavey family record finish — 9 days, 10 hours and 4 minutes
- 2010 – Youngest musher to win the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award — age 23
- 2009 – Youngest musher to finish the race in a top ten position — 6th place, age 22
- 2005 – Youngest musher to compete in the race — age 18