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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I love the Iditarod. I think it is an amazing feat for both the dogs and the mushers to make it from Anchorage to Nome. Seriously amazing. Anyone who completes the race in my mind is an athlete. And if you win, you apparently are pretty awesome. This past summer at the fair I met Lance Mackey, who is an AMAZING musher. He has won the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod back to back at least 2 years in a row. He is the three-year reigning champion of the Iditarod, and today he is on track to win his 4th race in a row. That is a record. And, I am SO excited for him! He was the nicest guy ever when I met him. He didn't try to rush people through his line and was genuinely excited to chat with people. Then, I decided to go back and say hi to him again and he remembered me. He offered to give me one of his sled dogs, and even left me with his phone number and email so that I could come pick one out. Needless to say, I went a different direction and got Snickers instead, but it was still exciting.
So, anyway, I'm a huge Lance Mackey fan. He is a cancer survivor and just an all around amazing athlete. One thing that made me mad about the Iditarod this year is they decided to start drug testing the mushers. I understand making sure the dogs are safe, and aren't taking anything that could harm them. But, even the Iditarod committee had come out and said that it was because of Lance Mackey's admission of smoking pot on the trail that had lead to this drug testing. Really?? Pot? Anyone who can smoke pot and still WIN the Iditarod is even more amazing! I actually don't care at all that he smokes pot. It's not like the pot is making his dogs run faster. He has a medical license for it (because of his cancer therapy) (which I actually still wouldn't care about it even if he didn't have that...). Basically, I think the other mushers are kind of mad that he keeps winning. So, Mackey, being the exciting, stand-up guy he is, said he wouldn't fight it. He wouldn't use his medical license as an excuse. He would run the race clean. And he is still kicking butt.
So, Lance, mush on! I wish I could be at home to see you pull into Nome. I am rooting for you!
Edited: For some reason the formatting on this post is weird. I can't figure out how to fix it. Sorry for the weird breaks even in the middle of words... hopefully next time it won't be weird.