14 March 2007

Historic? Unbeatable?

I was fortunate to be able to travel out of town last night and watch Lance Mackey cruise to victory yesterday evening. The pictures tell the tale:This is my particular favorite of Lance and his father. (In true Nome fashion, Dick missed the finish because he was on the jet.)

It is truly a remarkable accomplishment and we were speculating yesterday that it might never be replicated - winning both the Quest and the Iditarod in the same year.

Jon Little's article on the surprising top three to this year's race is one of his best yet:

Obviously, Gebhardt has been here before. This is his second time as runner-up, and he finished third last year. But not too many people predicted Mackey, and especially Steer, would soar into the first and third spots.

The joy and enthusiasm Lance demonstrated in the chute last night was perhaps my favorite part of the entire race. That is always fantastic to see in any situation in life.

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