The Iditarod Through the Decades: Late 2000s

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This episode of Mushing Radio explores the late 2000s in the Iditarod race. It covers the dominance of mushers like Jeff King and Lance Mackey, as well as the legacy of Susan Butcher. The rise of Mackey and his success in the Yukon Quest are highlighted, along with his historic wins in the Iditarod. The introduction of GPS tracking, financial struggles, and controversies are also discussed. The episode concludes with a preview of the next episode.


  • Jeff King was a dominant force in the Iditarod race during the late 2000s.
  • Susan Butcher’s legacy as a musher and her emphasis on dog care and training had a lasting impact on the sport.
  • Lance Mackey emerged as a formidable competitor and achieved historic wins in both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.
  • The introduction of GPS tracking devices transformed how fans followed the race.
  • The Iditarod faced financial struggles but received donations from mushers and the city of Nome.
  • Mackey’s continued dominance raised questions and anticipation for future races.


00:00: Introduction and Background
01:19: The Dominance of Jeff King
04:08: The Rise of Lance Mackey
06:11: Mackey’s Success in the Yukon Quest
08:14: Mackey’s Historic Wins in the Iditarod
10:08: Controversies and Challenges
13:33: The Introduction of GPS Tracking
21:42: Mackey’s Continued Dominance
23:35: Conclusion and Next Week’s Episode

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