Mitch Seavey signs up for Iditarod 2019 after threatening to sit it out

WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - Three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey has made good on his word to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race next year, after initially threatening to sit it out in boycott of the race's now-former chief of drug testing.

Mitch Seavey has signed up for the 2019 Iditarod after initially threatening to sit it out. (KTUU)

Seavey signed up for the 2019 race in Wasilla Tuesday. He told Channel 2 in June that since Dr. Morrie Craig had resigned his position, he would race again.

Craig's position became prominent this past year after positive drug tests in four-time champion Dallas Seavey's team in 2017 became public. Craig then allegedly had a confrontation with the president of the Iditarod Official Finishers' Club at the re-start of the Iditarod in 2018. That confrontation led to calls for his resignation. He resigned in late June.

Seavey's addition to the 2019 roster makes for 33 mushers planning to make the trek to Nome so far. Three other past champions, Joar Leifseth-Ulsom, who won in 2018, and four-time winners Martin Buser and Jeff King, are among them.

Seavey's son, four-time champion Dallas Seavey, who raced in Norway this past March instead of the Iditarod, told Channel 2 after Craig's resignation that there were still more changes that needed to be made for him to return to The Last Great Race.

Channel 2 Sports Director Patrick Enslow contributed to this report from Wasilla.

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