Iditarod 2008: Now King Chases Mackey

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The 2008 Iditarod continues to be a back and fourth duel at the top of the leaderboard today, with Lance Mackey once again claiming the lead as he and Jeff King left Unalakleet. Mackey moved out in front, but at the expense of rest for himself and his team.

Mackey was the first musher out of Shaktoolik, with King a mere 40 minutes back, but with a strong and more rested team. We may already have a new leader out on the course, as the top teams now head to the coast, and the final run to Nome. Hans Gatt chases both Mackey and King back in third place, while Paul Gebhardt and Kjetil Backen hold down the fourth and fifth spots respectively. Mitch Seavey, Martin Buser, and Rick Swenson all lurk in the top ten, possibly ready to make a last dash towards the top spot as well.

For more on the “Last Great Race” be sure to check out The Iditablog for news and commentary, and Eye on the Trail for the latest updates. Next Sunday, the Versus Network will begin airing their coverage of this year’s race. As a fan of the Iditarod, I can say that in the past their coverage has been outstanding and I expect no less this year. You can check out their schedule here.

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