Lance Mackey won the Iditarod March 16. He is the only individual to win the 1,100 mile dog sled race four consecutive times. Mackey is a 39 year old throat cancer survivor. He wins a new Dodge truck and about 50,000 bucks.
The race began March 6 in Anchorage. Mackey battled hard against competitor Jeff King. King dominated most of the race, but Mackey pulled ahead 350 miles from the finish, refusing to rest his dogs.
Mackey says that “his relationship with his team [of dogs] is more rewarding than another truck.” He is quoted as saying “They might not be the fastest team in this race but I think they have the biggest hearts.”
Temperatures dropped to 30 below zero during the race. Winds were also severe. Upon winning, Mackey kissed his dogs and his new truck. His lips did not stick to the truck, according to preliminary reports.