GLENNALLEN - A familiar name cruised to victory in the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race, notable this year because of frigid cold temperatures along the trail.
Lance Mackey, who for the second year in a row last year won both the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, claimed victory in the Copper Basin with a 43-minute win Monday. The Fairbanks musher took less than 54 hours to make the loop that begins and ends at Wolverine Lodge.
Hans Gatt of Atlin, British Columbia, came in second. Brent Sass of Fairbanks came in third.
Two-time Iditarod runner-up Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof pulled out of the race, citing the 50-degree below zero temperatures.