It was a wild weekend at the front of the pack in the 2007 Iditarod, with several lead changes, and the top teams jockying for position as the race heads into the home stretch.
Today it appears that one of the major names in the sport, Lance Mackey, has made his bid for his first Iditarod Championship. According to CabelasIditarod.com Mackey was the first into and out of Shaktoolik where he dropped off a dog, then promptly returned to the trail. Meanwhile, the teams chasing him (Paul Gebhardt, Martin Buser, Zack Steer, and Jeff King in that order) all stopped to take a rest upon their arrival. As of this writing, Mackey has a four hour lead on the next closest team, and his experienced and well conditioned pups have more than enough in the tank to carry him into Nome.
Mackey is a three time defending champ of the Yukon Quest, but glory has alluded him on the Iditarod. His father and brother are past champions, and Lance would like nothing more than to add his name to that list. The Last Great Race on Earth isn’t over yet, but at the moment, Mackey seems to be in command.
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