Four time Iditarod Champion
Jeff King is recognized as the "Winningest Musher in the World." His victories include not only the 1,049 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1993, 1996, 1998, and 2006, but also over two dozen first place finishes in races all across Alaska. During the past 20 years, Jeff has logged more than 100,000 miles on a dog sled.
Jeff moved to Alaska in 1975 in search of adventure. He quickly became interested in dog sledding and Alaskan huskies, devoting all his spare time and money to building his own team, while developing a construction business. He began racing in 1980. His competitive nature had found a new outlet, and Jeff set his sights ever higher, entering his first Iditarod just one year later. In 1992 he decided to devote his full time and energy to training and racing, setting aside his construction business. He won his first Iditarod the following season.
After such a winning streak, Jeff King was the one to beat. In glides Lance Mackey and did just that. In 2009 they were battling in out for the second time, with just 100 miles left into Nome. Jeff had been sleeping with his feet on Mackey's boots just to keep tabs on him. In a moment of exhaustion he let down his guard and overslept. Mackey slipped out and there was no catching him.