Mitch Seavey, 53, won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race late Tuesday night to become the oldest winner in the race's history.
“This is for all of the gentlemen of a certain age,” he said.
Seavey, who completed the 1,000-mile race in nine days, seven hours and 39 minutes, finished 24 minutes ahead of runner-up Aliy Zirkle.
“Mitch has this ability to sit on the sidelines and refuel because he knows he needs to refuel, while everyone else is zooming by,” she said. “It's smart, and that's probably why [he] won.”
Seavey wins $50,400 and a 2013 pickup truck. The rest of the $600,000 purse will be split among the next 29 mushers to cross the finish line.