When I last checked the official Web site, Lance Mackey was more than a half-hour behind in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Now, officials report his team has surged ahead during the final leg. Mackey recently won the 1,000-mileYukon Quest International Sled Dog Race
Mackey left Unalakleet about 30 minutes before defending champion and four-time winner Jeff King and widened the gap on the run to Shaktoolik, where he stayed 5 minutes before setting out across frozen Norton Sound to the town of Koyuk. This leg is often one of the most challenging.
“Why wouldn’t we want to push the pace in the biggest dog race in the world?” said King, when asked about his dogs going 150 miles on the Yukon River into a brutally cold headwind with just five hours rest.
The winner is expected to arrive in Nome on Tuesday or Wednesday.