Redington Continues to Push the Pace Down the Beargrease Trail

Eyewitness Sports
Updated: January 30, 2018 10:42 PM

After seven mushers left within 45 minutes of each other leaving the Grand Portage checkpoint Monday night, teams filed in one after another at the Skyport checkpoint Tuesday morning.

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"The front two teams have a little bit of a lead. After that, I think the next teams just keep flip-flopping who's faster each leg, " said the 2017 John Beargrease Marathon winner Ryan Anderson.

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

Anderson along with Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm, Minn. know how to win this race. The two of them have dominated in the marathon trading titles since 2010.

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

Ryan Anderson 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 their 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.

A Beargrease was not held in 2012 due to weather.



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