Lance is pulling out of the Quest.
I'm so darn sad about this. Since I will be handling for a top 10 musher this year in the Quest, I was SOOOO looking forward to seeing Lance come in to the checkpoints. While I understand his reasoning, it still is disappointing.
Mackey says he will pull out of 2009 Yukon Quest
Originally published Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 12:44 p.m.
Updated Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 4:20 p.m.
ANCHORAGE — Reigning champion Lance Mackey will sit out the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race this year in favor of a deal that will help his pocketbook.
Mackey has won the 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, for four straight years.
In the last two years, he has completed something that many predicted could not happen — a Quest victory and then a championship in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Mackey told the Anchorage Daily News he’s dropping out of the Quest mostly to assist another Alaska musher trying to qualify for the Iditarod in March.
Mackey in October leased 24 dogs and offered daily expertise to Kwethluk musher Harry Alexie. In return, he will receive $50,000 in money and expenses from the Alaska Army National Guard, which Alexie has belonged to for 13 years.
The Army National Guard last year hired Iditarod veteran Al Hardman of Michigan to train Master Sgt. Rodney Whaley of Franklin, Tenn., for his rookie run. Whaley ended up scratching in Cripple.
This year the National Guard picked Alexie, an Alaska Native who wanted Mackey as a mentor. Alexie is a personnel service noncommissioned officer for the 2nd Battalion 297th Infantry in Bethel.
During the race, Alexie and his dogs will be on his own.
With Alexie training with a team made up mostly of Mackey’s yearlings, all that would remain in Mackey’s Comeback Kennel are enough veterans and youngsters to give him a chance at winning one of Alaska’s two premier long-distance races.
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So does that mean you will be hanging out with him at checkpoints waiting for the mushers to arrive?
Lol I doubt he will be hanging out at any checkpoints if he isn't in the race. It's too far and the accommodations are not comfortable at most check points.