House Passes Rep. Young’s Resolution Honoring Lance Mackey
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young’s resolution honoring Lance Mackey passed the House this evening after being brought to the floor for debate this afternoon. H.Res. 1189 commends Lance Mackey on winning a record 4th straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Watch video of Rep. Young’s remarks here.
Rep. Young’s floor remarks as prepared:
“Last March, Lance Mackey made Alaska history by being the first person to win four consecutive Iditarod races, across the nearly 1,200 miles of Alaskan wilderness from Willow to Nome. His exceptionally fast time this year makes him one of only two mushers to finish the race in less than 9 days.
“Lance is also the only person to have won the Yukon Quest four times, a 1,000 mile dogsled race from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. In 2007 and 2008, he won both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest in the same year, within two weeks of each other.
“Lance Mackey was born and raised in Alaska, and comes from a long line of successful mushers. His father Dick helped found the Iditarod in 1973, and his brother Rick, along with his father, have each won the Iditarod Race. Like both his father and brother, Lance won on his sixth try, wearing lucky bib number 13.
“Mackey considers his dogs to be the true champions, and his team was guided this year by lead dogs Maple and Rev, who had big shoes to fill after the retirement of Larry, who led Lance’s team during his first three Iditarod wins.
“In 2001, Mackey was diagnosed with throat cancer. He continued to run in the 2002 Iditarod with a feeding tube still in his stomach, but had to pull out of the race halfway through. After extensive surgery, radiation treatment, a year long break from racing, and the loss of an index finger, he is now fully recovered and cancer free.
“Mackey is married to his high school sweetheart Tonya, who is also a musher. They have four children: Amanda, Brittney, Alanah, and Cain. Together, they run the Comeback Kennel in Fox, Alaska.
“Mackey is a real-life hero and an inspiration to thousands of Alaskans who religiously follow the Iditarod. I commend the momentous achievement of winning 4-straight Iditarods.”