- if I lost me dogs I would have Had a Damn Heart Attack -Lance Macky
Lance Mackey was born in 1970
In 2007, Lance became the first person to win both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. This feat was considered almost impossible by many and is considered one of the most impressive feats by a musher and he was nominated for a 2007 based on his performance. He also won the Veterinarians' Choice award after winning the 2007 Yukon Quest and said "This means more to me than winning this damn race". 2008 was an even better year: Lance won the , followed by his fourth consecutive Yukon Quest and his second Iditarod. In 2009 he chose not to run the 2009 Yukon Quest but captured his third consecutive Iditarod
His father was one of the founders of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and won the event by one second over in 1978. Lance's half-brother also won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1983. All three of them won the race on their sixth attempt wearing bib number 13.
Mackey was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 but continued sled dog racing entering the 2002 Iditarod race. After scratching from that race, he took a full year off from racing to recover from the disease. He is now considered cancer-free; however, Mackey suffered nerve damage in his left index finger as a result of the operation to remove the cancerous tumor. The nerve damage caused such unbearable pain in the finger that Mackey chose to have the finger surgically removed.
Mackey is married to his high school sweetheart Tonga (pronounced Tonya) who is also a musher. They have four children: Amanda, Brittney, Alanah, and Cain. They run the Comeback Kennel in .