Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mackey on trail to Nome

Defending champion and four-time winner Jeff King said a fifth win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is not in the cards unless musher Lance Mackey slows down. Mackey's team is the only one that has left White Mountain on the 80-mile trek to Nome - and the finish line.

“He’s going to be tough to beat,” King said, after arriving Monday in Koyuk, an Eskimo village of 350 people on Alaska’s western coastline. Mackey arrived at White Mountain at 1:38 this morning. Paul Gebhardt arrived a few hours later.

Mackey, 36, is trying to become the first musher to win both the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the 1,100 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in the same year.

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