ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey has made up his mind on which March race he’ll be participating in. Despite making amends with the Iditarod Trail Committee, Seavey announced on his YouTube page Friday morning that he will again be running the famed Finnmarksløpet in Norway.
“I wasn’t sure if we would be doing any races, mostly just training the team for the sake of training them,” Seavey said in the video. “As the last couple of weeks have gone by, I’ve realized that this is an amazing team. They have come together in a fantastic way, and they need to go do something, so I just recently made up my mind: We’re going to Norway and race the Finnmarksløpet again.”
Seavey said he had a great time running the long-distance race last year and thinks he can do better this time. “We learned a lot; we still have a lot more to learn. So anyway, we’ve got a dog team, we’ve got a plan now.”
In the video, Seavey said that without a major corporate sponsor, he’s going to need the help of friends and fans to make the trip a reality.
This is a "puzzle we haven't finished yet," Seavey said in an interview with Channel 2 Friday.
"We didn't look for sponsorship earlier in the year, because we didn't know if we were going to be racing," he said. "You have to be cognoscente of the business side of things, but I’m a dog musher at heart, that’s what I do well.
"But I’m very fortunate to have a lot of dedicated fans, friends, and people who have supported us over the years," he added. It will cost around $25,000 just to get the team to Norway.
Seavey also said he decided not to run the 2018 Iditarod after what he called a mishandling of a situation in which dogs on his team tested positive for Tramadol, a banned substance, in 2017.
This past summer, the race publicly absolved Seavey of any responsibility in the incident, and Seavey had said he still wasn’t sure what his race plans were.
The Finnmarksløpet, billed as the longest dog-sled race in Europe, is a 1200-kilometer race, which is roughly 750 miles. Seavey took third in the race last year, which is also said to be the northernmost in the world, featuring a trail that cuts through untouched wilderness, brush and the arctic plateau.
The 2019 Finnmarksløpet begins Friday, March 8.
Channel 2 Sports Director Patrick Enslow contributed to this report.