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Dallas Seavey early Tuesday morning won his second Iditarod sled-dog race in three years, unseating his father, Mitch, as defending champion while breaking the race's three-year-old record.
The 26-year-old Seavey and his canine team finished the 42nd annual, 1,000-mile race (1,600 km) through the Alaskan tundra and into the coastal community of Nome in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
High winds whirled snow over the final stretch of the race, compelling leader and four-time champion Jeff King to drop out just 25 miles (40 km) from the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The punishing round-the-clock marathon commemorates a rescue mission that carried diphtheria serum by sled-dog relay to Nome in 1925. While most competitors are from Alaska, the race has drawn entrants from as far away as Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Jamaica.
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