Dallas Seavey is one of the youngest, most competitive mushers in the world of long-distance mushing today. A lifelong musher, he grew up under the tutelage of his grandfather Dan and father Mitch, both legendary Iditarod mushers. Dallas' sled dog racing career began when he was 5 years old. As a teenager, he competed in the 160 mile long Jr. Iditarod four times, and at age 16 began racing the professionals in 200 and 300 mile mid-distance races. In 2005, Dallas became the youngest Iditarod musher in history, turning 18 the day before the race start.
Like most Iditarod mushers, Dallas' rookie Iditarod was not competitive. He was driving his dad's "puppy team", a team of two year old dogs who are running the Iditarod for the first time. Dallas' goal was not to win, but to give those dogs the best racing experience possible, setting them up to race competitively in the future. Two years later, he raced a second puppy team from his Dad's kennel. Training and racing these young dogs gave Dallas first hand experience in how to successfully develop a racing dog physically and mentally, as well as the practical experience gained on the trail.
The 2009 Iditarod was the first year that Dallas raced a team of adult dogs, as well as the first time he owned the dogs in his team. He purchased the B-team from his dad's kennel. This hodge-podge group, affectionately nicknamed the Scrubs, included dogs that were too big, too little, or too skittish to race competitively as well as several talented dogs who had been injured in the past. Dallas recognized that none of these dogs had succeeded in a traditional training program, and that he would have to re-evaluate everything he knew about training sled dogs. Dallas' new philosophy focused on training each dog as an individual in order to help them reach their full potential. Within four years, the Scrubs had won the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. This philosophy is now the corner stone of Dallas' training program.
Most of the Scrubs have retired, and Dallas is now racing their pups. Using his progressive training philosophies, Dallas raced these rookie pups to a 4th place finish in last year's 2013 Iditarod. This year he will be racing them as adults, and they are a monster dog team!