Dallas Seavey claims fourth Iditarod crown

Dallas Seavey speaks after being the first musher to reach the Koyuk, Alaska, checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Loren Holmes )

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey has won his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

He crossed under the burled arch on Front Street in Nome early Tuesday morning for his fourth overall title in the last five years. His only loss in that time was to his father, Mitch Seavey, in 2013.

The nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod started March 6 in Willow, Alaska, and took mushers across two mountain ranges, down the mighty Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast.

This year’s race was marred by a man who purposely rammed his snowmobile into two mushers’ teams, killing one dog and injuring several others.

Eighty-five mushers began the race, but 12 have so far scratched, including four-time champion Lance Mackey. He dropped out Monday, citing personal health concerns.

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