Dallas Seavey to skip Iditarod for second year in a row
Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey will once again be in Norway this year, as mushers and their dog teams in Alaska race toward Nome.
Seavey posted a video to his YouTube channel on Friday, announcing that he'll compete as he did during 2018 in the roughly 750-mile-long Finnmarksløpet – Norway's answer to the long-distance races of North America.
Surrounded by his dogs, Seavey said he's been having fun and training his dog team "just for the sake of training them."
"But as the last couple weeks have gone by, I've realized that this is an amazing team. They've come together in a fantastic way, and they need to go do something," he said. "So I just recently made up my mind; we're gonna go to Norway and race the Finnmarksløpet again."
Seavey plans to improve on his third-place finish in Norway last year. Without the support of a corporate sponsor, however, he said he'll need the support of friends and fans to get there.
Months after a second place finish behind his father, Mitch, in the 2017 Iditarod, officials publicly outed Seavey as the musher whose dogs tested positive for Tramadol, an opioid pain reliever. A public dispute with the Iditarod Trail Committee over the dog doping scandal soon followed.
Iditarod officials claimed that Seavey was eligible to run in 2018, but he declined, instead going to Norway. In December, the committee cleared him of any wrongdoing and issued an apology.
Before the scandal Seavey had been dominating The Last Great Race, winning four times in five years: 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
Dave Goldman contributed information to this story.
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