Here's a feel-good, all-in-the-family story for your Wednesday morning: At 53 years old, the winner of this year's Iditarod sled dog race is the oldest winner ever. And what's even better? His son is holds the title for the youngest winner.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that last night at 10:39 pm, Mitch Seavey slid into Nome and crossed the finish line -- just 23 minutes before his closest competitor, Aliy Zirkle. This is Seavey's second lifetime win.
Seavey completed the 1,000 mile race in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds, and we lead by a tan and orange Husky dog named Tanner. Last year, another Seavey was the first to cross the finish line -- Dallas, then 25, won the race in 2012, becoming the youngest winner to complete the grueling event.
According to the Seavey's website, the family has been racing in the Iditarod for three generations.
Who did the elder Seavey thank after winning the race? Tanner, of course.
"I gotta go congratulate my lead dog Tanner," he told the Anchorage Daily News, "He’s probably the best I’ve ever had...He makes it look easy."