A large portion of this year’s mushers have yet to pull under the Burled Arch in Nome. No matter the place they finish, almost every musher will offer a similar sentiment: they’re not in the sport for the money. Mushing dogs is what they do year-round. Their entire livelihood revolves around their dogs.
For being this year’s winner, 57-year-old Mitch Seavey earned himself $71,250 and a brand new Dodge Ram pickup truck from Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Center.
Seavey was presented with a large ceremonial check at the finish, which had $75,000 printed on it, but “the amount did not reflect the changes that were made by the Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors to the 2017 purse on Feb. 10, 2017,” a spokesperson for the ITC confirmed in an email.
Seavey was also awarded the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First award for arriving in Kaltag first. His prize was $2,000 and 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon.
Here’s the breakdown of this year’s prize money: