Conway Seavey won the Junior Iditarod, his second win of the two-day, 132-mile race for mushers between the ages 14 and 18.
Seavey crossed the finish line at Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake at 7:50 a.m. Sunday with a full team of ten dogs, edging out second-place Wasilla musher Benjamin Harper by just two minutes. The older Harper edged out his younger brother, third-place rookie Kevin Harper, by just one minute.
Seavey’s links to the Iditarod go back to the race’s beginning: he’s the grandson of Iditarod co-founder Dan Seavey, the youngest son to 2013’s winner Mitch Seavey, and the brother to the youngest Iditarod champion, 2012’s race winner Dallas Seavey.
Nine mushers competed in this year’s race, including five rookies, several of whom came from the Mat-Su Valley. One contender, Nome’s Janelle Trowbridge, hails from the terminus of the Last Great Race.
Seavey nabbed his first win in 2012. This year was his fourth running of the race. This was the 37th year of the Junior Iditarod.