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4-time champ Lance Mackey will sit out next Iditarod, to rekindle passion - Four-time champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, Alaska, will sit out next year’s Iditarod – and perhaps others in an effort to regain his enthusiasm for the sport.

champ Lance Mackey will sit out next Iditarod, to rekindle passion - Four-time champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, Alaska, will sit out next year’s Iditarod – and perhaps others in an effort to regain his enthusiasm for the sport.

Lance Mackey: The World's Toughest Athlete Jack London said that achieving greatness sometimes means burning white hot, even if there's a price to be paid once the flame goes out. Josh Dean went to Alaska to hang with Lance Mackey, the toughest competitor in Iditarod history. He came away with a new understanding of resilience, bravery, and the iron bond between a musher and his dogs.

Lance Mackey: The World's Toughest Athlete

Josh Dean goes to Alaska to hang with Lance Mackey, the toughest competitor in Iditarod history

First Female Iditarod Winner - Susan Butcher

First Female Iditarod Winner - Susan Butcher

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey, The Iditarod, and Wilderness Athlete. A Winning Combination!!

Lance Mackey, The Iditarod, and Wilderness Athlete. A Winning Combination!

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey

A Mackey attack - Dad Dick, Son Cain & Lance!

A Mackey attack - Dad Dick, Son Cain & Lance!

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey

25-year-old Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the youngest ever Iditarod champion.

Dallas Seavey won the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the youngest ever Iditarod champion.

Photo of Lance Mackey, the 2009 Champion, arrives in the Nome finish chute as spectators cheer him on during the 2009 Iditarod

Photo of Lance Mackey, the 2009 Champion, arrives in the Nome finish chute as spectators cheer him on during the 2009 Iditarod

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey by Frank Kovalchek story is so motivation

Lance's story

Lance Mackey by Frank Kovalchek story is so motivation

Lance Mackey Medical Fund - Lance Mackey is the only 4-time Iditarod and 4-time Yukon Quest   winner.  He did this after battling and beating cancer years ago.  He's undergoing medical treatments to deal with the aftermath that are putting him into debt.

Lance Mackey Medical Fund - Lance Mackey is the only Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner. He did this after battling and beating cancer years ago. He's undergoing medical treatments to deal with the aftermath that are putting him into debt.

The northern lights dance above the Koyuk checkpoint on March 12, 2012  Loren Holmes photo

The 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off March a journey through the Alaska hinterland that takes mushers and their dogs through far-flung villages, and even a ghost town.

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Found The Lookalikes Of 17 Celebrities... And They Are From Another Race

Doesn't take much to achieve celebrity status on the frontier: TV news personalities, folk singers, oil chieftains and Iditarod Trail racers are about the biggest superstars Alaska can muster.

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