The 2009 Iditarod Race was a show-stopper, literally. Aside from the normal subzero temperatures for hundreds of miles, preparing years in advance,
delivering dog food and supplies to various checkpoints, mushers still have to acknowledge how little control they really have. Mother Nature put the brakes
on the front runners just a few hundred miles from Nome, forcing them to layover in one of the most remote and difficult places to get into or out of in Alaska.

Though it only lasted about 24 hours, it was enough for Lance Mackey, already past the group, to pull into Nome and capture his 4th consecutive win.