It was all but wrapped up yesterday, and the ride from White Mountain into Nome was just a formality, but now it’s official. Lance Mackey has won his first Iditarod Sled Dog race!
Following in his father’s (and bother’s) footsteps, Mackey claimed the victory by finishing 2 hours and 20 minutes in front of Paul Gebhardt, who took second place for the second time. Mackey also becomes the first man to win both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod in the same year, solidifying his place as one of the best long distance mushers ever.
Following Mackey and Gebhardt, came Zack Steer in third place with Martin Buser and last year’s champion Jeff King in fourth and fifth respectively. As of this writing, ten teams have made it to Nome, with more arriving all the time. You can check out the current standing on the leaderboard.
Huge congratuations to Lance. This is a well deserved win, and winning both races in one year is an amazing accomplishment.