Mackey Wins Back-to-Back Iditarod Sled Dog Races

Cancer survivor finishes 1,100-mile race in 9½ days and credits his “incredible dog team.”

Posted: March 15, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

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Cancer survivor Lance Mackey won his 2nd straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Wednesday.

The Fairbanks, Alaska, throat cancer survivor yelled “Yeah, baby” as he and his 11-dog team traveled down Nome’s Front Street toward the finish line.

Fans swarmed Mackey along the final 10 blocks of the 1,100-mile race, which Mackey completed in 9½ days.

“I’m not much to brag very often, but damn, I’m going to this time,” he told the Associated Press of his back-to-back wins. “I don’t know exactly how to explain it. I’m just blessed with an incredible dog team.”

Mushers compete for a piece of an $875,000 purse, which is paid out to the top 30 finishers. Mackey gets $69,000 and a new truck worth $45,000 for winning.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Mackey to offer her congratulations, saying, “You’re a hero, and truly an inspiration to all of us.”

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Charlene   Elmira, NY

3/16/2008 7:41:34 PM

I'm glad Mackey is a cancer suvivor but I do NOT condone the Iditarod Sled Dog Races.

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Donna   Limington, ME

3/16/2008 10:28:28 AM

I was hoping he would win, YAY!

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Gayle   Denton, TX

3/16/2008 8:59:07 AM

Good dog!!!!

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aaron   farmington, NH

3/15/2008 9:53:10 AM

that is a great story.

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