In the same sense that naysayers give race cars more credit than their drivers, it might be time to start calling the dogs the real athletes of the Iditarod. Two-time defending champion Lance Mackey managed to FALL ASLEEP during a leg of the race on Friday, and all the while his loyal steeds pulled on and dragged him to first place at a vital checkpoint.
Mackey was the first to reach the Yukon River, about two-thirds of the way through the 1,161-mile race. He was rewarded with an eight-course meal, but things could have gone horribly wrong had he not woken up and backtracked. But don’t think his dogs weren’t pissed about it.