Monday, March 17, 2008


It's the word that best describes the magnificent team effort of man and dog... the Iditarod. There is nothing else like it, not in bird dogs, not anywhere. I consider it to be one of most spectacular canine events on the planet. Hats off to those to attempt this great feat, and accolades to those who complete the quest. As Lance Mackey said after crossing the finish line... "I'm just blessed with an incredible dog team." That's an understatement.

Here's the official news report...

"NOME, Alaska — Lance Mackey won his second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, completing the 1,100-mile journey across Alaska in just under nine and a half days.The 37-year-old throat cancer survivor from Fairbanks and 11 dogs crossed the finish line under Nome's burled arch at 2:46 a.m. ADT Wednesday.He yelled "Yeah, baby!" as he drove his team down Nome's Front Street. Fans mobbed him along the final 10 blocks, slapping his hand."I'm not much to brag very often, but damn, I'm going to this time," he said. "I don't know exactly how to explain it. I'm just blessed with an incredible dog team."His family greeted him at the finish line and he received congratulatory phone calls from his father, Dick Mackey, a former Iditarod champion, and Gov. Sarah Palin.Palin told Mackey: "You're a hero, and truly an inspiration to all of us."For much of the race Mackey tussled for the lead with four-time winner Jeff King of Denali Park, who was about an hour back. He also struggled with dogs stricken with diarrhea and slowed by unseasonably warm weather over much of the trail.Wednesday's win was a repeat of Mackey's 2007 feat when he became the first musher to win back-to-back runs in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod in the same year. Last month, he won his fourth straight Yukon Quest."

Check out this video, provided courtesy of the official Iditarod website...

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