by Kevin Wells
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
He left White Mountain at 2:11 a.m. bound for Safety, then Nome. His estimated time of arrival at the finish line is roughly noon. KTUU.com will send out e-mail and text message alerts with the approximate on-air time for the live finish from Nome when Mackey reaches Safety. You can sign up on the front page.
It sounds like a broken record but it's a tune Mackey doesn't mind hearing. Sometime Wednesday he will become only the third musher in Iditarod history to three-peat, joining Susan Butcher and Doug Swingley.
Mackey arrived in White Mountain at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday following a 7-hour run from Elim through Golovin -- his old hometown where his father, Dick Mackey, winner of the 1978 Iditarod, once managed the village fish cooperative.