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Dallas Seavey 2012 Iditarod Champion
Posted on 04.03.12 | Newsletter
“Years ago I had the opportunity to meet Dallas as a little kid. Later on in his life he actually ended up living at our hospital for a year while he attended Northern Michigan University and wrestled for the Olympic Education Center. Since, we have worked together perfecting our highly athletic dog food, Momentum. This year the Iditarod was won by Dallas and his team of huskies fueled by that very same food, Momentum.”
Dallas Seavey, a member of Dr. Tim’s Team Momentum, crossed the finished line in Nome at 7:29PM on Tuesday, March 13th, securing him a victory in the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. At 25 years-old, Dallas is the youngest musher to complete the 1,000-mile race through Alaska. It’s possible that you’ve heard about his win through recent press coverage, though here are a few things you might not know about Dallas.
A Family Affair
Dallas wasn’t the only Seavey on the Iditarod trail this year. Among his competition were his father, Mitch Seavey, and his grandfather, Dan Seavey. The family tradition started back in 1963 when Dan started raising sled dogs. From there he went on to compete in the first Iditarod race and was the only participant from that race to set out on the trail this year for the 40th anniversary. Mitch followed suit, competing in the race multiple times throughout his career and securing his Iditarod win in 2004. It’s no wonder that when you talk to Dallas about mushing, he’ll say it’s “certainly a family affair”.
A Dedicated Team
Though Dallas is the face of the 2012 winning Iditarod Team, he couldn’t have done it without his fleet of loyal, courageous Alaskan huskies. Two of his lead dogs, Guinness and Diesel, joined Dallas on the podium to celebrate their victory.
With an enthusiasm for mushing and life Guinness is what Dallas likes to call his “remote control dog”. At nine years old she’s been with him on every major race, leading in most of them. She may be the smallest dog on the team, but she has “the biggest heart”. According to Dallas, Diesel has the “athletic talent to be the best dog in the world”. Diesel happens to be the largest dog on the team, but at five years old he’s still working on gaining confidence. As he continues to build the confidence to match his extraordinary abilities, Dallas believes Diesel will become a “superstar leader”.
Fuel for Champions
Hard work, endurance and commitment make a successful mushing team. Another key component is nutrition. Dallas states, “Feeding is one of the crucial points that has allowed us to speed this race up over the last several years”. In order to fuel his fleet of Alaskan huskies Dallas uses a combination of meat, fat and Dr. Tim’s Momentum dog formula. When asked about his feeding program, here is what Dallas had to say about his experience with Dr. Tim’s: “It’s new food on the market, he’s a veterinarian, and he ran his first Iditarod in 2009 and saw that we really needed a top level food that was affordable. It’s been a couple years in the making but he has definitely answered the call and that has become one of the top foods.”
At Dr. Tim’s we couldn’t be more proud of Dallas and his fleet of huskies. Though Momentum was originally developed for highly athletic dogs like Diesel and Guiness, we have taken the science and knowledge learned from fueling these dogs and applied it across our entire product line. At Dr. Tim’s we seek to benefit every dog, even if they are not running across Alaska.