Up North: Taking a Look Back at the 2018 Beargrease

Chelsie Brown
Created: January 31, 2018 11:43 AM

From the starting line on Sunday to the full marathon finish on Wednesday, Eyewitness Sports was alongside mushers and their teams during the 2018 John Beagrease Sled Dog Marathon.

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Some of the highlights included Martha Schouweiler claiming her fourth consecutive title in the mid-distance race. No other team has ever claimed four straight wins in both the mid-distance and full marathon. The Irma, Wisconsin native arrived at the Trail Center checkpoint at 6:34 AM Monday morning.

"You just hope that there might be some little thing that you might do different that can put you in this place, " said Schouweiler. "It's working," she added laughing.

In the full marathon Ryan Redington of Wasilla, Alaska continued to set the pace for mushers taking the lead at Trail Center. This was his second run at the Beargrease. His strategy was similar to last year where he started out fast. His goal was to make sure his lead was big enough so he could accumulate more rest time on the down bound portion of the trail

At 5:00 AM Wednesday morning, Redington crossed the finish line claiming his first ever Beargrease Marathon title. It also marked the first time since 2010 that neither Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minnesota nor Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm were named the winners.

"You know last year he was kind of a rookie to the marathon so I'm sure he learned a lot," said Anderson.

"He did come out with the same strategy, he just slowed down in the beginning," said Schroeder. "He did it right this time."

Redington completed his final leg of the race in four hours flat which was quicker than expected. So quick that both Mike Keyport, president of the Beargrease and Jason Rice, the vice president, were not present for his arrival.

"We usually think it's a four and half hour run and he blistered it with multiple stops along the way to just snack his dogs," said Rice. "He didn't have to hurry. He had no one on his tail and he still did it in four hours. This was a run for the ages."

Redington said he plans to run in his 11th Iditarod in March.


Chelsie Brown

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