Lance Mackey, 44, was born and raised in Alaska. In 1978, when he was 7, and his dad won the Iditarod, he was at the finish and knew running the Iditarod was what he wanted to do. Lance says, “ I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks.” He has been a kennel and tour owner/operator most of his life. He is a four-time back to back Iditarod champion, and won the Yukon Quest two of those years.
“I grew up in a mushing family, Mackey says. “I raced from the age of five through the age of 17 in junior races including four Jr. Iditarods. My dogs this year, referred to Team Ninja, are all black, focused, stealthy and bound for greatness. Three years of sub-par racing and one year of not entering the Iditarod, gave me time to re-group and re-focus. I have a new crew, new dog team and a new attitude, all geared toward an ‘Ultimate Come Back’. And…..I need a new Dodge Truck.”
Information from the Iditarod Insider.