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Second plane crash at Iditarod sled race

FLAT, Alaska, March 7 (UPI) -- A support plane in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race flipped during takeoff, with no injuries to its pilot and passenger, officials said.

Some Iditarod mushers rest, others push on

OPHIR, Alaska, March 7 (UPI) -- The father and son Iditarod sled dog race duo of Martin and Rohn Buser pulled into Ophir, Alaska, Wednesday as other mushers took mandatory layovers in Takotna.

Zirkle leads Iditarod field out of Nikolai

ROHN, Alaska, March 6 (UPI) -- Iditarod leader Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to hit the trail out of Nikolai, Alaska, Tuesday afternoon, the third day of the 975-mile epic.

2012 Iditarod begins

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 4 (UPI) -- The 2012 Iditarod began Sunday, pitting 66 mushers against one another in the grueling 975-mile race from Willow to Nome, Alaska.

Mackey wins fourth straight Iditarod

NOME, Alaska, March 16 (UPI) -- Lance Mackey won his record fourth straight Iditarod sled dog race Tuesday, making the trek from Anchorage to Nome in just under nine days.

Mackey's famous lead dog to retire

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, March 20 (UPI) -- Larry, the dog who led Lance Mackey's team to three championship's in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is going into retirement.

Mackey wins Iditarod for 3rd straight time

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 18 (UPI) -- Lance Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska race for the third straight time Wednesday, paced by his lead dog Larry.

Iditarod leaders near Nome

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 17 (UPI) -- Lance Mackey appeared to be headed for a third Iditarod win Tuesday as the leaders in the Alaska sled dog race inched towards Nome in difficult weather.

Lance Mackey takes 2nd straight Iditarod

NOME, Alaska, March 12 (UPI) -- Lance Mackey overcame the odds to steal rival Jeff King's fifth victory and win his second consecutive Iditarod dog sled race Wednesday in Alaska.

Iditarod mushers make final push

NOME, Alaska, March 10 (UPI) -- Just eight minutes separated the first two dog teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported Monday.

Reigning champ Mackey holds Iditarod lead

RUBY, Alaska, March 7 (UPI) -- Defending champion Lance Mackey mushed his team into the Yukon River checkpoint at Ruby, Alaska, Friday, leading the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Defending champ Mackey leads Iditarod

TAKONTA, Alaska, March 5 (UPI) -- The sun rose in Alaska Wednesday with defending champion Lance Mackey leading the 2008 Iditarod dog sled race at the Takonta checkpoint.

Mackey gets historic Iditarod victory

NOME, Alaska, March 14 (UPI) -- Musher Lance Mackey has won his first Iditarod victory in Nome, Alaska, with a curious numerological twist to his family's sled dog racing history. Mackey was greeted by a throng of cheering fans Tuesday night after he and his dogs spent 9 days, 5 hours,

Iditarod mushers off and running

WILLOW, Alaska, March 6 (UPI) -- The first of 83 teams of mushers and their dogs were bounding through the frozen Alaska landscape Monday in the annual 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race.

Lance Mackey (born 1970) is an American dog musher and dog sled racer from Fairbanks, Alaska, who is a four-time winner of the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest and four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

In 2007, Lance became the first person to win both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. This feat was considered almost impossible by many and is considered one of the most impressive feats by a musher and he was nominated for a 2007 ESPY Award based on his performance. He also won the Veterinarians' Choice award after winning the 2007 Yukon Quest and said "This means more to me than winning this damn race". 2008 was an even better year: Lance won the Tustumena 200, followed by his fourth consecutive Yukon Quest and his second Iditarod. In 2009 he chose not to run the 2009 Yukon Quest but captured his third consecutive Iditarod.

His father Dick Mackey was one of the founders of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and won the event by one second over Rick Swenson in 1978. Lance's half-brother Rick Mackey also won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1983. All three of them won the race on their sixth attempt wearing bib number 13.

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