Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey will speak in North Platte May 8 as part of the Town Hall Lecture Series.
His presentation, An Iditarod Life, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the North Platte Community Playhouse. It is open to anyone with a lecture series membership.
The Iditarod dog sled race covers 1,000 miles of the rough Alaska terrain, with jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast in sub-zero temperatures.
Dallas Seavey is a third-generation dog musher. His grandfather, Dan Seavey, was one of the founders of the Iditarod race, and he placed third in the first Iditarod race in 1973.
Also, Dallas’ father Mitch has raced in 24 Iditarods and won three — in 2004, 2013 and 2017.
As a child, Dallas helped train his dad’s racing team and care for the kennel, and helped run the family’s sled dog tour business.
As a teen, Dallas competed in four 160-mile Junior Iditarods and numerous 200 and 300-mile mid-distance races.
In 2005, he became the youngest musher to race the Iditarod – having just turned 18 the day before the start. He finished 51st that year, with a team of young dogs from his dad’s kennel.
In the fall of 2008, Dallas started his own kennel, seeking to become the youngest Iditarod champion in history. The new kennel became a force to be reckoned with in the racing world.
By the end of 2011, Dallas had finished the Iditarod in sixth, eighth and fourth places, proving to be a consistent top contender. In the 2011 Iditarod, he posted one of the top 10 fastest times ever in the race.
He also won the Yukon Quest on his first try, becoming the youngest musher to ever win a 1,000-mile race.
Dallas went on to win the 2012 Iditarod with dogs he bought from other kennels and retrained. His ability to develop individual dogs and coach teams to their highest potential has become his trademark.
Now a four-time Iditarod champion, he is the seventh person to ever win four or more races. He also holds the all-time Iditarod speed record at eight days, 11 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds. He has won the three fastest Iditarods ever.
Dallas currently lives in a yurt — a portable, round tent traditionally used as a dwelling by nomads. He lives north of Willow, AK. with 90 Alaskan Huskies.
In addition to running a world-class kennel, Dallas delivers motivational keynote presentations on leadership and teamwork to audiences around the globe.
His presentation in North Platte will be followed by a luncheon with a question and answer session at the Quality Inn and Suites. Luncheon attendees must be season ticket holders to the Town Hall series. The meal costs $17. Reservations must be received by May 1.
More information about the luncheon, the 2018-19 speaker lineup and memberships is available on the lecture series website: nptownhall.com.
Season tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to every presentation, or by calling Betty Guynan at (308) 530-8448.