ESPN nominates musher in cruel Iditarod for award
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ESPN nominates musher in cruel Iditarod for award
From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, www.helpsleddogs.org 

PLEASE CROSSPOST

Iditarod musher Lance Mackey was nominated by ESPN for an ESPY award in the "Best Outdoor Athlete" category. Winners are picked by people voting online.

  • Go to: http://espn.go.com/espy2007/#/vote 
  • on the right side of the page click on "Best Outdoor Athlete."
  • You have to scroll down to find the category.
  • Highlight someone other than Lance Mackey
  • Click the submit button.

Please act quickly, voting ends July 7.

The Iditarod has a long well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. What happens to the dogs during the race includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, vomiting, hypothermia, sprains, torn footpads and anemia.

In the Iditarod, dogs do all the work. Mushers sit or lie down on their sleds and sometimes sleep while racing their dogs into the ground. Iditarod mushers don't deserve awards.


Update - July 13, 2007

No ESPY award for Mackey

Lance Mackey, Musher, beaten by marathoner for ESPY AWARD

(Editors note:  Iditarod has a long well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. Mushers sit or lie down on their sleds and sometimes sleep while racing their dogs into the ground. Iditarod mushers don't deserve awards.)

July 13, 2007
ALASKA SPORTS DIGEST Daily News staff
sports@adn.com

Four months ago, Lance Mackey became the first musher to win both the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in the same year, a feat for years considered impossible.

That apparently wasn't enough to be named the country's best outdoor athlete.

Mackey learned that Wednesday night at a ceremony honoring the 2007 ESPY winners, losing to a guy who spent less than 12 hours in Alaska, running 26.2 miles.

Dean Karnazes of San Francisco won the award at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre for running 50 marathons in 50 days, including the Mayor's Marathon course in Anchorage in early October.

"The course was beautiful," Karnazes said at the time. "The leaves on the trail, it was gorgeous."

Mackey could not be reached for comment on Thursday. He was on a flight back to his hometown of Fairbanks.

Fans cast a record 12.5 million votes in 38 different categories for the event, which will be televised at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN (cable Channel 34) in Anchorage. Vote totals in the ESPY's best outdoor athlete category were not available.

http://www.adn.com/sports/mushing/story/9129535p-9044707c.html 

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