Mackey Wins Back-to-Back Iditarod Sled Dog Races

Cancer survivor finishes 1,100-mile race in 9½ days and credits his "incredible dog team.”

Cancer survivor Lance Mackey won his 2nd straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Wednesday.

The Fairbanks, Alaska, throat cancer survivor yelled “Yeah, baby” as he and his 11-dog team traveled down Nome’s Front Street toward the finish line.

Fans swarmed Mackey along the final 10 blocks of the 1,100-mile race, which Mackey completed in 9½ days.

“I’m not much to brag very often, but damn, I’m going to this time,” he told the Associated Press of his back-to-back wins. “I don’t know exactly how to explain it. I’m just blessed with an incredible dog team.”

Mushers compete for a piece of an $875,000 purse, which is paid out to the top 30 finishers. Mackey gets $69,000 and a new truck worth $45,000 for winning.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Mackey to offer her congratulations, saying, “You’re a hero, and truly an inspiration to all of us.”

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