by Kevin Wells
Saturday, March 14, 2009
UNALAKLEET, Alaska -- Even as a two-time defending Iditarod champion, Lance Mackey has never been in such a comfortable position.
Behind what might be his beast dog team yet, Mackey has built a huge lead over the rest of the field.
"It's hard to get two minutes on these guys, let alone two hours," he said of his team, which remained intact all the way to Eagle Island before he finally dropped a dog. "Anything beyond that is amazing."
Mackey has been wowing the competition this year.
"Mackey is Superman," said Aaron Burmeister, third into Eagle Island several hours behind the leader. "That's all I can say. He did a couple of really bold, big moves to put himself in that position, and if anybody can do it and get away with it, he can."