Mitch Seavey, son of Dan, leaving Fairbanks March, 2017. He would go on to be first into Nome! - Fairbanks, AK, USA
Mushing in the Family by Heidi Sloan, 2018 Teacher on the Trail™
Summer is a great season to spend time with family. It may be through work or play, but skills and interests are definitely passed on through interaction with family members. We see a variety of 2nd generation careers: movie stars, business people, mechanics, farmers, and in my case, teachers.
Apparently, mushing falls into the generational gene pool. In Fairbanks’ Daily News-Miner, Dan Seavey, the patriarch of the Seavey clan was quoted,
"I often wonder what life would've been like for a lot of people had I taken up stamp collecting or something like that, as a hobby, instead of sled dogs." [Daily News-Miner, 3/17/15]
He may have had a family full of stamp collectors if that had been the case. Instead, he has a family who loves sled dogs and racing! Dan raced in the Iditarod in the 1973 race, the first year, and then four times after that. His son, Mitch, is the 2017 Iditarod champion. Grandsons Danny, Tyrell, Dallas, and Conway have all finished in Nome. Dallas is a four-time champion.
"I do know this: It's extremely important to start at a young age," said Dan, the retired teacher. "It's important what image you project to your kids and other people's kids. That sticks with you, positive or negative." [Daily News-Miner, 3/17/15]
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