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Is mushing limited by age? Only if you have 4 legs

March 13, 2013 • National News


Aliy Zirkle finished second in the Iditarod for the second consecutive year when her dog team crossed under the burled arch in Nome on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Last year, the youngest musher ever to win Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race said his 25-year-old stamina gave him the advantage to get his dogs to the finish line first.

Just one year later, his own father proved youth doesn’t always win out, using careful strategy and an all-out sprint to the finish line to become the oldest winner ever of the grueling, 1,000-mile race.

“This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age who think it ends at 50, because it doesn’t,” 53-year-old Mitch Seavey said late Tuesday after cruising across the finish line almost three hours ahead of his son.

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