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Chasing Goals: Jason Mackey's Journey in the Iditarod

Jason Mackey discusses his experience in the Iditarod race, including his goal of a top 20 finish and his eventual 16th place finish. He talks about the challenges he faced during the race and the changes he made in his training schedule. Mackey also discusses the importance of passion and determination in dog sledding and the support he receives from his family. He shares the story of his 11-year-old dog, Rad, who led him to the finish line in the Iditarod. Mackey also talks about the differences between training in Fairbanks and the Matsu area and his plans for the next year’s race.


Iditarod, dog sledding, top 20 finish, training, determination, support, 11-year-old dog, Fairbanks, Matsu area


  • Setting goals and working towards them is important in dog sledding and in life.
  • Passion and determination are key factors in achieving success in dog sledding.
  • Having a strong support system, both on and off the trail, is crucial for a musher.
  • Training and preparation are essential for a successful Iditarod race.
  • The trail conditions and environment can vary depending on the location of training.

Sound Bites

  • “It’s the passion for the event. It’s a passion for the dogs. That’s what I love to do.”
  • “For no other reason than the moon and the stars and everything lined up and his six, I mean, seriously, the dog, again, he didn’t have the right miles on him. The training wasn’t there. Here he is 11 years old.”
  • “I’m going to try and win it until I do win the damn thing. Um, that’s, that’s my commitment.”


00:00: Introduction and Setting Goals
01:25: Race Experience and Results
05:15: The Power of Passion and Determination
09:06: Combining Kennels and Building a Team
13:01: Training Challenges and Support
20:19: Training in Fairbanks vs. the Mat-Su Area
25:07: Final Thoughts and Conclusion