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March 5, 2013

Arduous Iditarod demands mushers' tactics, tricks

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“He gambled that he could go,” Moore said. “I was gambling that this rest would help me to be faster. It’s like this in the Iditarod, too. We’re just gambling on things we think will work.”

And then there’s the winning strategy of deception, as employed in 2008 by Mackey.

Mackey and four-time Iditarod Jeff King were running neck and neck, prompting Mackey to pull off a stunt at the Elim checkpoint — 123 miles from the Nome finish line. Mackey had arrived at the checkpoint three minutes ahead King and made a big show of settling in for a nap. King’s team settled in, too.

But Mackey had told checkpoint volunteers to wake him in an hour. He sneaked out of the checkpoint 70 minutes ahead King and won the race.

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