Alaska mushing icon Lance Mackey dies at the age of 52
Mackey’s Comeback Kennel announced on its Facebook page that Mackey passed away Wednesday night after what the post said was “a long battle with cancer.”
He had survived a bout with throat cancer 20 years ago, but was re-diagnosed last year.
Mackey lived in the Fairbanks area. And he has been a fixture in long-distance sled dog racing for many years. He won the Yukon Quest four years in a row, starting in 2005. He’s also the only musher to win the Iditarod four straight years.
The 1,000-mile races are held just a month apart. He became the only musher to win both races in the same year in 2007. A feat many thought impossible. And then he did it again the next year.
Mackey is survived by his two young children.
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