Dallas Seavey to commentate instead of race 2020 Arctic World Series

Defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Dallas Seavey (16) waves to the crowd as she begins the ceremonial start of the 1,000-mile race in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey will be commentating the first-ever 2020 QRILL Pet Arctic World Series instead of mushing in it, according to the QRILL Pet Mushing Team Facebook page.

“Dallas is taking on a role as an expert commentator on the first season of the QRILL Pet Arctic World Series, which will follow some of the greatest long-distance dog sled races. Dallas will play a significant role in bringing you the most exciting stories from the races. With his experience and knowledge in dog mushing, we are sure, we will learn a lot this season,” the post said.

Like other major sports, Seavey will provide professional insight like Tony Romo does for NFL football or Charles Barkley does for NBA basketball.

The 2020 World Series race lineup includes: Iditarod, John Beargrease in Minnesota, Finnmarkslopet in Norway, and Volga Quest in Russia. In November, Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach told KTUU the idea of the world series is to gain more exposure for the sport, and part of that equation for the new league is to follow each race live online.

The announcement regarding Seavey also had a link to future live coverage on YouTube where race fans will be able to follow along in real time.

The series' corporate backer Aker Biomarine's brand name of pet food is QRILL Pet, and QPAWS (QRILL Pet Arctic World Series) is a non-profit sports series through the company, which also sponsors Seavey.

Even though Seavey is not racing, this will mark his first return to the Iditarod since 2017 when he finished second to his father, three-time champ Mitch Seavey.

In October 2017 the Iditarod reported Seavey’s dogs tested positive for opioid painkiller Tramadol, a banned substance. He spent the next year defending himself, and decided not to compete in the 2018 Iditarod.

Since the dog doping drama, the Iditarod Trail Committee has publicly cleared of him of any wrongdoing. In 2018, Seavey took second in the Finnmarkslopet and in 2019 he scratched.

The QPAWS begins on Jan. 27 in Minnesota with the John Beargrease.

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