FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 15, 2016)
J. J. Keller-sponsored musher Dallas Seavey sets new world record in fourth Iditarod victory
Celebrates ten years of J. J. Keller/Dallas Seavey Iditarod Racing Team sponsorship
Neenah, WI – Dallas Seavey captured the 2016 Iditarod Alaskan Sled Dog Race title at 2:20:16 a.m. ADST Tuesday — his third in a row and fourth in five years — and set a new world record in the process, with a time of 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds. His previous record set in 2014 was 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
This is the tenth consecutive year Dallas has been sponsored by James and Rosanne Keller, representing J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The Kellers were at the finish line early Tuesday to greet their champion. Said James Keller, “Dallas is the best musher in the world! He keeps amazing us as an elite athlete who is dedicated to his craft. We are very proud of his 4th championship in the past five years. Dallas is a power to be reckoned with, building his team and strategy on a foundation of endurance, dedication and tenacity.”
Seavey won the 44th annual “Last Great Race On Earth” by edging out a pack of tough mushing teams who were all within a few hours of each other at White Mountain, with 77 miles left to go. One of those fierce competitors is also one of Dallas’ biggest fans — his father — two-time champion Mitch Seavey, who placed second, coming into Nome 45 minutes behind Dallas.
Battling early illness and mid-race challenges with some of his best dogs, Dallas was down to nine dogs with more than 250 miles to go. He finished with six dogs, the same number he finished with when he won the race in 2014. Dallas set the pace for much of the race, collecting the “Spirit of Alaska Award” and the “Dorothy Page Halfway Award” for being the first team into the McGrath and Cripple checkpoints, respectively.
Dallas now joins just six other mushers who have won four or more Iditarod races. In his tenth run to the famed Burled Arch he has racked up multiple Iditarod records, including:
- 2016 – Youngest musher to win four Iditarod races – age 29
- 2016 - Fastest Iditarod finish — 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds,
- 2015 - Youngest musher to win three Iditarod races – age 28
- 2014 - Fastest Iditarod finish — 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds
- 2014 – Youngest musher to win two Iditarod races — age 27
- 2012 - Youngest musher to win the Iditarod — age 25
- 2011 - Youngest musher to finish the race in a top five position — 4th place, age 24
- 2010 - Youngest musher to win the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award — age 23
- 2009 - Youngest musher to finish the race in a top ten position — 6th place, age 22
- 2005 - Youngest musher to compete in the race — age 18
About the J. J. Keller/Dallas Seavey Iditarod Racing Team
After meeting Dallas Seavey in Seward, AK, in 2006, James and Rosanne Keller created the J. J. Keller Extreme Transportation Solutions sponsorship to celebrate one of the original forms of transportation and to salute trucking professionals who dedicate themselves to transporting needed goods. To learn more about J. J. Keller’s sponsorship of Dallas Seavey, to order the book “Born to Mush,” to view training videos and photos sent from Dallas, and to follow the 2016 race, go to JJKeller.com/iditarod.
About J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to become the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,400 associates strong, J. J. Keller serves over 420,000 customers — including over 90% of the Fortune 1000® companies. The company’s subject-matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its diverse solutions include E-Logs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; consulting services; online and print publications; forms and supplies.
Professionals in transportation, manufacturing, hazardous materials, construction, and human resources rely on J. J. Keller® in-house expertise and wide selection of products and services to reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance, performance management and operational efficiency. For more information, visit JJKeller.com.
About the Iditarod®
By far Alaska’s best-known sporting event, the Iditarod is a 1,000-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and their sled dogs travel through jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast … battling below-zero temperatures, high winds, and long hours of darkness and isolation.
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