GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (AP) — Alaskan musher Ryan Redington has won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota for the second time in three years.
Redington and his huskies spent more than 29 hours on the nearly 300-mile (480-kilometer) trail along Lake Superior before arriving in Grand Portage late Tuesday afternoon.
The Star Tribune says Redington comes from a family of dog mushers. He won the Beargrease marathon in 2018 and has competed in numerous races, including Alaska’s famous Iditarod, which his grandfather founded.
The seven dogs that finished the race with Redington were treated to hunks of frozen meat. A sleep-deprived Redington said he was looking forward to a shower and a warm meal.
Redington’s team crossed about 15 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Keith Aili of Ray, Minnesota.
Redington spends about three months in Moquah, Wisconsin, each winter, but lives with his wife and two children in Skagway, Alaska, where he runs sled dog tours for cruise ship tourists.