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Video Web Extra: Lance and Jason Mackey Talk Iditarod 2015

Lance Mackey, left, and his brother Jason Mackey. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

Lance and Jason Mackey had an unforgettable Iditarod. Here in an exclusive interview with KNOM, they talk about dog deaths, rescuing another musher’s team, and running together to Nome.

What happened on the ice between Shaktoolik and Koyuk? At some point along the trail, musher Scott Janssen scratched and was taken by snowmachine to the checkpoint. Hear from Lance what was going through his mind when he came upon a dog team some ways off the trail and miles from the checkpoint, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, without a musher at the helm.

Running in tandem for much of the 2015 Iditarod, from Tanana to Nome, brothers Lance and Jason Mackey had ran a truly unique Last Great Race. But was the Iditarod truly Lance’s last 1,000-mile race? Watch both brothers answer that question.

It’s rare for a musher to lose a dog in the Iditarod, but this year Lance lost two in one race. Not enough rest? Or was the four-time champion’s own health the issue? Watch his answer, and Jason’s own take, on losing two dogs in this race.


  1. […] Read more on http://www.knom.org, where Mackey, with brother and fellow Iditarod finisher Jason Mackey, talked about rescuing the musher-less dog team of Scott Janssen on the way to Koyuk and Mackey’s vow to never race the Iditarod again using solely his own money. […]

  2. Margery Glickman on March 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Lance Mackey tries to manipulate people by getting them to feel sorry for him. He now claims to have raced in the Iditarod “using solely his own money.” The truth is that he had sponsors, including Canada Goose, Forza10, and GCI. His sponsors are listed on http://iditarod.com/race/2015/mushers/77-Lance-Mackey/

    • KaelWulf on March 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Like I said before, all of this comes out of your a– Margery. You can’t prove anything plus you take things out of proportion.

    • heather on March 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      he said he didn’t have “cash” sponsors” just goods and services.

    • Lucia Schenk on March 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      For Gods sake woman, save your energy for something useful. What about you fight to ban cat declawing instead of this sled dogs cruelty BS? Give us a favour and shut up finally.

    • Jobi on March 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I didn’t hear him say he used only his own money. He said he has sponsors and as well uses some of his own money. Have you run this race Margery ? I have not so I am not sure just how much money it takes. I would assume quiet a lot. I do not feel the man is manipulating, only expressing himself and doing that very well. If you have a problem with him why are you following him. That is your choice not his manipulating you.

    • yorkie perc on March 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Margery you talk a load of s–t and I also think you need to wind your neck in and go back and listen to the interviews again

    • Lady Jane on March 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      I admire Lance & all o# the pushers for their passion. I feel sorry for you, MG. Get a life.

    • dez krause on March 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Margery, you are a totally irritating woman with an extremely distorted sense of reality. Take up a just cause, why don’t you, join Sea Shepherd or something… at least we work on the real issues. http://www.seashepherd.org

    • Chris on April 27, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Madam please find a worthy cause for putting your energy into the Soi Dog foundation appeal for instance..
      maybe you can do something positive to help those dogs……..rather than aiming your negative venom at dog racing..

  3. Dan on March 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

    All class

  4. Lauren Toevs on March 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I don’t think you listened carefully enough to the interview. He said he has sponsors for primarily goods and services, but not sponsors who provide cash for the other necessary items.

    • Bette Isacoff on March 24, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Unless you have maintained a dog team, you cannot possibly understand the expenses involved. “Goods and services” help, but are not nearly enough.

    • Margery Glickman on March 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Canada Goose has been Mackey’s “elite sponsor” for years. Bain Capital has a controlling interest in Canada Goose. Should we believe that Canada Goose only gave Mackey a jacket every year?

      • Cynthia Eliason on March 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

        Margery Glickman lives in Florida, knows nothing about sled dogs but hates them anyway and works tirelessly to stop them from doing what they love. No credibility.

        • Joann Flora on March 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

          Who cares, Margery. He lost some of the sponsorship he was fortunate enough to have over the years. It was a loss to his program. Button your lip and stop being so disrespectful.

        • dez krause on March 26, 2015 at 6:45 pm

          She has no credibility whatsoever.

        • Chris on April 27, 2015 at 12:19 am

          She only makes herself look stupid anyone who believes her c…p
          needs to do some homework or find something worthwhile to winge about.

      • Spots on March 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        You are utterly clueless. Bain’s ownership of Canada Goose is totally irrelevant to how much a sponsorship is worth. If you want to be taken seriously post a comment rooted in facts and not supposition

      • Thorin Oakenshield on March 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

        I don’t know about you Margery but here vetenary check ups and dog food and supplies don’t come for free.. you pay more in this sport than you actually earn and Lance has no cash sponsors only supplies.. so yea he had to mostly fund himself through.

  5. Bette Isacoff on March 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Thank you, KNOM, for these priceless interviews. If this was indeed Lance’s last Iditarod, the pieces give his fans some closure. I will treasure them.

  6. Roshon on March 24, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Never leave a dog behind

  7. Deb ferrari on March 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Lance is a class act and my hero!

  8. shirley on March 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    lance is my hero. he cares so much for his dogs. his struggle to do what he loves has been epic. he is an inspiration to all of us who have to battle to be who we are in spite of what is accepted as reasonable or practical..

  9. Hags on March 25, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Margery, you have no idea…lol. I must have missed your name on the finisher’s list. Yes, I’m sure that Lance gets some financial support, just like the rest of the mushers. However, the expense of one Iditarod doesn’t cover raising the dogs in the kennel for a year.
    And why should Lance Mackey receive sympathy? Because he froze his fingers to the point of not being able to be used? Or because he lost two dogs to unexplained deaths? Or maybe even the cancer that he had that caused him to have part of his neck cut off? Yeah, he does need to toughen up? Yikes!
    Every musher that competes in the Iditarod deserves sympathy. Even though they are some of the toughest people on Earth. Taking 16 kids on a 1,000 mile field trip in -40 to 40 degrees. These men and women are tough, and your sympathy for them should come out of pure respect.

  10. Bill Murray on March 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Lance is a class act, he’s not perfect, we know….. but i respect the man deeply. I’ve watched him win all 4 times….. i’ve been involved with the race since the 80’s ….. god bless him.

  11. Ellen Irion on March 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Our school loves you, Lance. They know you love the dogs! You are an inspiration and so is your brother. From Carnation Elementary, Washington

    • Aaron Bailey on March 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Margery had a dog die of heat stroke while under her care..Nice Marge!

  12. Kevin Reid on March 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Great interview. It was nice to get some insight about the race. What some people who are quick to judge don’t realize is that most mushers have a better relationship with their dogs than lots of pet owners. Nice to see so many positive comments supporting Lance.

  13. Marc Sidell on March 26, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Non of us are perfect but I have seen the dogs up close and personal. I have been with Lance in the past and know the mushers rely on their dogs to get them through the race alive. They are of no help if they are sick or dead. They are part of the racers family. I was there when one of the racers came under the arch maybe 9 years ago with a dog in his basket. He did not know me but just fell to pieces like his mom just died. His dog was part of his family. He died because he regurgitated. Something that has stopped.

    Rather than attack people you should give help and suggestions to make it an even safer sport. The dogs will never stop running because that is what their genetics tell them. Iditarod or not. This is not a dog yard you visit on a trip to Alaska. This is the real world. Sometimes there is no cause or reason. This is mortal life Margery! We are not in grade school anymore.

    • Marc Sidell on March 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

      And I have never seen abuse. Just an FYI. I did see one musher years ago who was a little frustrated. He was scratched from the race and never ever will come back. Washed up for life!

  14. Jane Eagle on March 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Anyone who follows the Iditarod knows that Lance’s dog care is legendary. It is a shame that what is an unbelievable tragedy for him (and Jason) has to be brought out and displayed…and judged.
    With every word they spoke, my respect and admiration for these brothers increased. Absolute champions, both.

  15. Sasha BC on March 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Love Lance, his kindness and his love for his dogs. So very sorry for his loss. The man has received too many “punches” and am hoping things turn around for him soon. He deserves some good stuff to come into his life.

  16. montanigrani on April 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    What a wonderful interview with Lance and Jason. These are the kinds of stories that need/should be told. Lance is right about not needing to be first to be a winner. The Iditarod does a dis-service to the Race and to the mushers by not covering everyone equally. They all pay the same entries, take care of their dogs and train all year. Lance has done more for the Iditarod [and the Quest], and the sport of mushing than anyone I can remember except for Susan. I met Jason in 2009 at the Quest, and was most impressed with him, too. They both have “champion” in their stance, along with humility and the absolute love for their dogs. Now for Margery, what a laugh. She’s been on a rant for years. She’s like coming up on a pool of water, while you’re hiking and not thinking drink from it—it’s alkali, poisonous !!! Just ignore her, she’s a total zero. Again Nome, what a wonderful interview, great videos that you could hear and understand. Thank you so much.