"Take care of your dogs, and they'll take care of you." The Seavey family's simple motto certainly seems to be working. With three consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championships, a tour recognized as the "Best Sled Dog Tour in Alaska," a growing list of great-grandkids ready to carry on the family tradition, and the ability to support their family doing what they love, any Seavey will tell you they're blessed.
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Dan Seavey Sr.
Dan Seavey has been mushing since coming to Alaska in 1963. In 1971 he joined forces with Joe Redington Sr., Tom Johnson and Gleo Huyck to put on a race across Alaska. After years of hard work, Dan took to the trail with 11 dogs and 36 mushers in the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Although he has not frequented the trail since those early years, Dan remains vital in the efforts to maintain and preserve the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and has passed his love for dog mushing to two more generations of Seavey’s.
Mitch Seavey competed in his first Iditarod in 1982 at the age of 22, and then turned his attention to raising sons Danny, Tyrell, Dallas and Conway. In 1995, Mitch returned to the Iditarod (the first musher in 75 years to complete the entire Iditarod trail from Seward to Nome) and has competed in every Iditarod since. He has worked hard to be an innovator in every aspect of the sport, and is one of the most competitive mushers out on the trail. Mitch won Iditarod in 2004, and in 2013 became the oldest musher ever to win at the age of 53.
Danny grew up helping Mitch train and race competitive teams much like Mitch did for his father. He and wife Safia have two daughters, Allikz and Emma. He has run the Iditarod twice, but is taking time off to be home while his daughters are young, and manages the family businesses. Danny, with lead dog Robin, has appeared on Ace of Cakes, Alaska State Troopers, Extremely Alaska, 1001 Places to See Before You Die, the film Big Miracle and more. Danny completed his third Iditarod in 2014.
Dallas become the youngest Iditarod Champion at age of 25 in 2012. He also was the youngest person to ever run the Iditarod, turning 18 the day before his rookie race. His main hobby is USA Wrestling and is Alaska’s first and only national champion. In 2008 Dallas married Jennifer Podzemny; they welcomed daughter Annie in 2010. With the help of J.J. Keller, Dallas and Jen started their own kennel. In 2011, Dallas ran (and won) his first Yukon Quest. After an incredible finish, Dallas won the 2014 Iditarod. He is the reigning champ.
Conway's first blanket was a gift from a family friend that said “Conway Seavey, Iditarod 2015″ and he’s been working toward that goal ever since. In 2011-2012, Conway ran a number of junior races and cleaned up, placing first in the Junior Willow 100, Junior T, and several other shorter races… oh, yeah, and the 2012 Junior Iditarod. In 2013 Conway kept up that streak with a win in the Tustumena 100 and Willow Jr., and in 2014 he won the Junior Iditarod. The only artistic son, Conway also plays the piano, guitar and sings.
Jennifer grew up as a cowgirl in Montana and New Mexico, but always knew she wanted to run sled dogs. She came to Alaska as a handler in 2006. After producing a picture of her as a little girl with her stuffed animals aligned in front of a radio flyer wagon to make a dog team. We knew she was dedicated. She’s been working with the Seaveys ever since, and married Dallas in April 2008. Jen ran her first Iditarod in 2009 finishing 43rd.