Dallas Seavey won his record sixth Iditarod sled dog race on Tuesday, despite an eventful race that included a penalty for improperly gutting a moose.

Seavey was cruising near Skwentna, Alaska, last week when his dog team became entangled in a moose. Sledders in the race are allowed to carry firearms and Seavey used his to shoot and kill the elk. One of his dogs, Faloo, was seriously injured during the encounter, but underwent two successful operations and was expected to survive.

Seavey’s troubles weren’t over when he shot the moose. The ethics of the Iditarod race require that when a large animal, such as an elk or caribou, is killed during competition, its meat must be taken and distributed. The sled that was involved in the accident must therefore stop and gut the animal.

Unfortunately for him, it was judged that Seavey had not done this sufficiently. As a result, he was given a two-hour prison sentence. Nevertheless, he overcame that setback and won the race.

The Iditarod covers about 1,000 miles in Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome. Seavey completed the race in nine days, two hours and 16 minutes, crossing the studded arch finish line at 5:16 pm local time.

Seavey’s sixth win surpasses Rick Swenson’s five wins from 1977 to 1991.

Seavey, 37, raced his first Iditarod in 2005, the day after he turned 18, making him the youngest musher ever to compete.

His first victory came in 2012, when he was 25, and he also became the youngest winner ever. He won consecutive races from 2014 to 2016, adding his record victory in 2021.

His father, Mitch, won the race three times, and his grandfather Dan has also competed in the race.

“This one had to be hard,” Seavey said after crossing the finish line. “It had to be special, it had to be more than just a normal Iditarod. And for me it was.”

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