Mushers Making Their Way to Duluth for Beargrease Finish

Chelsie Brown
Updated: January 30, 2018 10:46 PM

It is Day 3 of the 34th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and mushers with their dogs have made it past the halfway mark and are headed to Duluth.

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Seven mushers left within 45 minutes of each other leaving Grand Portage Monday night.

When arriving early this morning to the Skyport Checkpoint, mushers filed in one after another once again.

"The front two teams have a little bit of a lead, but after that I think the next teams they just keep flip flopping who's faster each leg," says Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn..

"I mean everybody is so close that who knows what is going to happen or who's going to come in where. It will be really exciting to see. I don't remember a Beargrease that has been this close with the top five," says Miki Anderson, Ryan's sister.

Anderson and Nathan Schroeder are veterans of the Beargrease and they know what it takes to win. Since the 2010 Beargrease, they seem to have flip-flopped who has won it each year, but their dominance goes hand in hand with their strategy of how the two run this race.

"Those two that were chasing down, Keith and Ryan they are professionals.They're going to have to mess up in order for us to catch them now," says Schroeder, who lives in Chisholm.

Ryan Redington and Keith Aili continue to push the pace for this race. They were the first teams to leave the Skyport Checkpoint. If they keep up there pace, maintain their speed and have enough dog power behind their sled, for the first time in seven years, the Beargrease could see a new champion.

To follow the race on GPS, click here.


Chelsie Brown

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