From the Anchorage Daily News website:
A dynasty in the Iditarod this decade? Probably not. It sort of depends on whom you talk to. When Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod last year as the youngest musher ever, and his father Mitch finished seventh, it would be natural to predict a dynasty on the horizon in the annual 1,000 mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome.
Not only do the Seaveys not believe that, but a collection of top mushers on hand Thursday night at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center don't foresee that happening either.
"It's extremely unlikely," said Mitch Seavey, the 2004 champion, at the Iditarod mushers drawing and pre-race banquet. "There's too many good teams and too many good dogs for that to happen."
"Nobody has been on a runaway winner," said four-time champion Martin Buser of Big Lake. "To win this race, you have to earn it. (Lance) Mackey's streak was several years ago."
Buser benefitted from some good fortune Thursday; he drew No. 2, meaning he'll be the first sled dog team out of the chute on Saturday, when the ceremonial race start goes off at 10 a.m.
It may seem like an anachronism to folks from Outside, but this is a really, REALLY big deal up here.