Lance Mackey disqualified from 2020 Iditarod for positive meth drug test

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Iditarod confirmed late Thursday morning by phone that veteran musher and four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey's 21st place finish will be vacated due to a positive methamphetamine drug test.

In the Iditarod’s written statement, Mackey said he planned to go into treatment.

“I’m tired of lying to myself, friends, family, and fans, who have all supported me, rooted for me, or been inspired by me. I apologize to all of you,” Mackey said. “The truth is that I need professional help with my latest life challenge. I am in the process of making arrangements to go to a treatment center where I can get the professional help and real change I need. I’m ready to confront this with all of my focus and determination.”

More details to come.

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