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4-time champ Lance Mackey will sit out next Iditarod, to rekindle passion - Four-time champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, Alaska, will sit out next year’s Iditarod – and perhaps others in an effort to regain his enthusiasm for the sport.

4-time champ Lance Mackey will sit out next Iditarod, to rekindle passion - Four-time champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks, Alaska, will sit out next year’s Iditarod – and perhaps others in an effort to regain his enthusiasm for the sport.

The two-time defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey sits with his lead dog Larry at the Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Mackey, who the won Iditarod and Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race twice in a row in 2007 and 2008, is the only musher to win both of the long distance sled dog races in the same year. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

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The two-time defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey sits with his lead dog Larry at the Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Mackey, who the won Iditarod and Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race twice in a row in 2007 and 2008, is the only musher to win both of the long distance sled dog races in the same year. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Lance Mackey-- 4 time Iditarod winner!! He is one of my heroes!!

Lance Mackey-- 4 time Iditarod winner!! He is one of my heroes!!

Lance Mackey ~ 4 time Yukon Quest and 4 time Iditarod Champion.  "If your gonna dream, dream big."

Lance Mackey ~ 4 time Yukon Quest and 4 time Iditarod Champion. "If your gonna dream, dream big."

Leonhard Seppala and Togo - Sled Dog Racer ran the longest part of the diptheria serum run to Nome

Leonhard Seppala and Togo - Sled Dog Racer ran the longest part of the diptheria serum run to Nome

Lance Mackey by Frank Kovalchek story is so motivation

Lance's story

Lance Mackey by Frank Kovalchek story is so motivation

Zirkle with Lance Mackey after finishing second. March 11th.

Zirkle with Lance Mackey after finishing second. March 11th.

Lance Mackey: The World's Toughest Athlete | Adventure Companion | OutsideOnline.com

Lance Mackey: The World's Toughest Athlete

Lance Mackey: The World's Toughest Athlete | Adventure Companion | OutsideOnline.com

Newton Marshall (Jamacian Musher) and Lance Mackey joking around before the start of the 2013 Iditarod

Newton Marshall (Jamacian Musher) and Lance Mackey joking around before the start of the 2013 Iditarod

A Mackey attack - Dad Dick, Son Cain & Lance!

A Mackey attack - Dad Dick, Son Cain & Lance!

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