Mackey Finishes Iditarod in 16th Place

Photos and Story by Diana Haecker, APRN – Nome

Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey arrived in Nome this morning at 8:55 with seven dogs in harness and a big smile on his face. Although the crowd was thinner than he was used to from the last four races, Mackey fans lined the finish chute.

Over the past four years, Mackey has dominated the Iditarod sled dog race and this year had ambitions to make it five wins in a row – something that nobody had yet achieved. But the 40-year-old Fairbanks musher didn’t seem upset with his 16th place finish this morning in Nome.

Mackey says he’s looking forward to bringing this team to Nome again in next year’s Iditarod.

Lance Mackey waves to his fans when he arrived on Wednesday morning at 8:55 in Nome.

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