FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - Team #10 has won the 2018 Iron Dog. Mike Morgan and Chris Olds crossed the finish line at 12:00 p.m. Saturday.
Chris Olds has previously been on a winning Iron Dog team with Tyler Huntington on two occasions, once in 2010 and then again in 2011. This is the first Iron Dog win for Mike Morgan.
Olds and Morgan experienced mechanical problems around Nenana and had to try and slow their speed drastically in order to save one of their sleds.
“Between slowing down, how much, to save the sled, and maintain our lead, so, we did it, just barely, " Mike Morgan said with a chuckle. "Just enough, it looked like.”
Just barely is right, hot on their heels, Team #6 of Robby Schachle and Brad George came roaring into second just four minutes behind Morgan and Olds.
Team #6 also faced mechanical problems, running out of gas just as they were starting to catch Team #10.
"The snow machine giving us problems, if we had another 20 miles, who’s to say that we wouldn’t have maybe caught them, you know?," George said.