Dallas Seavey, Iditarod 42 Champion
It was a record breaking year for the last great race on earth, as Dallas Seavey secured the fastest finish in Iditarod history, and his second championship in three years. Jeff King was gunning for a fifth title, well ahead of Aliy Zirkle, when he encountered 45 mile an hour winds on icy trail, three miles out of Safety. Zirkle pulled into Safety ahead of King, eventually learning he had to scratch.
The winds and blowing snow were so extreme, Zirkle posted up at the Saftey checkpoint until Dallas Seavey flew by. Not seeing Aliy, Dallas thought he was racing his father Mitch for the third place finish, not knowing untill he crossed the finish line that he was Iditarod champion for 2014. Aliy Zirkle would come in second for a third straight year, just two minutes later.
Seavey finished with a time of 8 days 14 hours and 9 minutes, breaking John Baker's record of 8 days 19 hours 46 minutes, set in 2011.