Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lance Mackey wins it!

We were there at the finish line of the 2007 Iditarod to see Lance Mackey accept accolades for his great victory. He also won the Yukon Quest this year, the first time any musher ever won both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod in the same year.
He was much earlier than Jeff King's win last year. Mackey crossed the finish line before the sun went down, a few minutes after 8 pm. King last year did not cross under the arch until after 2 am. While not a record, it is still awfully fast.
He was all tears as he spoke to the town of Nome and into the radio that was broadcasting the event. He is the third to do it in his family; his father won back in 1978 and his brother won in 1983. This is Lance's sixth Iditaord and his first win.

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