Mackey wins the Iditarod!

March 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm (Fun Stuff) (, , )

At 11:38am Lance Mackey won his third straight Iditarod.  He finished with 15 dogs in 9 days, 21 hours, 38 minutes, and 46 seconds.

From the Associated Press:

Make it three Iditarods in a row for Lance Mackey.

The musher from Fairbanks won the 1,100-mile trek across the wilderness Wednesday in the world’s most famous sled dog race. And it wasn’t even close.

Mackey slapped hands with fans along Nome’s Front Street and was mobbed by family members after crossing under the city’s famed burled arch at 11:38 a.m., hours ahead of his nearest competitors.

Immediatley after winning, he gave treats to his dogs.

“This never gets old,” he said at the finish line, hugging two of his dogs.

“It’s pretty awesome,” he added. “Pretty cool.”

He commended his “little superstar Maple,” a 3-year-old female who was in the lead for much of the last part of the race.

Mackey was about six hours ahead of the second- and third-place mushers, Sebastian Schnuelle of Canada and John Baker of Kotzebue. He increased his lead along the wind-swept western coast of Alaska.

Fierce, biting winds blew in off the Bering Sea, forcing temperatures to 50 below zero. Many mushers waited out the storm in checkpoints farther back.

Mackey became the third musher in the race’s 37-year history to win in three consecutive years, joining Susan Butcher (1986-88) and Doug Swingley (1999-01).

In Mackey’s two previous victories, he headed into the Iditarod about two weeks after winning the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, considered to a tougher race than the Alaska comptition.

Mackey didn’t run the Yukon Quest this year, choosing instead to train an Alaska Native musher for the Iditarod.

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Iditarod Update

March 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm (Fun Stuff) (, , )

Baring a storm (which did happen in 95), it looks like Lance Mackey is on his way to a third win. He has fewer than 170 miles left.

1 Lance Mackey out of Shaktoolik (Shak-TOO-lick), 960 miles from Anchorage

2 Sebastian Schnuelle out if Unalakleet (YOU-na-la-kleet), 902 miles form Anchorage

3 Jeff King out if Unalakleet (YOU-na-la-kleet), 902 miles form Anchorage

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Iditarod XXXVII

March 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm (Fun Stuff) (, , , )

On Saturday, the 37th Iditarod began in Anchorage, AK.

67 teams left Anchorage on their way for Nome.  As of this writing, all 67 teams are still in the race, and two-time defending champion, Lance Mackey, is in first place in Rainy Pass.  This is 224 miles outside Anchorage, and 907 from Nome.

Current standings can be seen here.

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