Who Are Some Well Known Iditarod Mushers?


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Some well known Iditarod mushers include Dallas Seavey, Libby Riddles and Rick Swenson. Dallas Seavey is the youngest musher to win the race, Libby Riddles is the first woman to win and Rick Swenson has the most Iditarod wins as of 2015.

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Dallas Seavey was born on March 4, 1987. He has won the Iditarod three times as of July 2015. In 2012, at the age of 25, he became the youngest musher ever to win the race. He also won in 2014 and 2015. His father Mitch Seavey won the race in 2004 and 2013. Dallas appeared on the reality series "Ultimate Survival Alaska" on the National Geographic Channel.

Libby Riddles was born in Wisconsin and moved to Alaska at age 16. She lived in a trailer without running water or electricity. She competed in the 1980 and 1981 Iditarod races after training sled dogs for other people, but she did not compete well and did not acquire any sponsorships. She entered the Iditarod again in 1985 and won, completing the race in 18 days, 20 minutes and 17 seconds.

Rick Swenson is nicknamed "King of the Iditarod." He started the race 35 times and finished 33 times, with wins in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1991. He has also won Humanitarian, Sportsmanship, Most Inspirational Musher and Musher's Choice awards.

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