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Monday morning Beargrease update: Redington is first on trail to Grand Portage

Frank Moe's mid-distance team runs down the trail shortly after starting the John Beargrease sled dog race Sunday. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com1 / 2
Ryan Redington, who finished second in last year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, gives a thumbs-up to fans at the start of the race Sunday. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com2 / 2

Duluth News Tribune

Musher Ryan Redington and his team were the first to leave Trail Center on the trail to Grand Portage during the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on Monday morning.

Redington, of Alaska, who was the runner-up in last year’s race, reached Trail Center — on the Gunflint Trail, 119 miles into the 373-mile race — at 2:51 a.m., according to tracking on the race website. He left on the 64-mile leg to Grand Portage at 6:39 a.m.

Musher Matt Schmidt of Grand Marais was the second to reach Trail Center, at 4:01 a.m., followed by Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors at 4:09 a.m. and four-time Beargrease champion Nathan Schroeder of Warba at 4:12 a.m.

Nine of the 10 marathon mushers had reached Trail Center as of 8:30 a.m. Monday; Redington was the only one to have left, according to the race website.

It was a chilly morning along the trail, with the Cook County Airport near Grand Marais reporting a temperature of 13 below zero as of 6 a.m.

The marathon mushers are expected to reach the finish line at Billy’s Bar near Duluth on Wednesday.

In the 120-mile Beargrease mid-distance race, musher Martha Schouweiler of Irma, Wis., won her fourth consecutive title, reaching Trail Center at 6:34 a.m. Monday, followed by Frank Moe of Hovland at 6:46 a.m.

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