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Junior Iditarod champion looks to musical future

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:50 AM February 28, 2014

Teenage Junior Iditarod champion plans to release his first EP this summer

ANCHORAGE – The winner of this year’s Junior Iditarod, 17-year-old Conway Seavey comes from a long line of mushers.

His father, Mitch Seavey, is a two-time winner of the Last Great Race. His brother, Dallas Seavey, won the 2012 race at the age of 25 and became the youngest musher to take the title.

“It’s what you do if you’re a Seavey,” said Conway, who began mushing more than a decade ago.

But the teenage champion has another passion — music.

“We have commercial fisherman, you know we have dog mushers, we have wrestlers, all kinds of macho man stuff,” Seavey said. “But I’m the only musician.”

Seavey, who plans to release his first EP this summer, said he grew to love songwriting while driving dogs down snow-covered trails. Now, he said, he’s trading Iditarod dreams for a future in music.

“It’s grabbed me in a way that nothing else has,” he said.

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