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Redington Becomes Two-Time Beargrease Champion

Chelsie Brown
Updated: January 28, 2020 11:28 PM

He won the Beargrease back in 2018 when the race started in Two Harbors and ended at Billy’s Bar in Duluth. Now, Alaska native Ryan Redington can call himself a two-time Beargrease champion after crossing the finish line first in Grand Portage Tuesday evening at 4:35 P.M. He said that even with the change in the course this race is always difficult.

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“It’s very challenging you know when we got here it was halfway, so we had to mush back," Redington explained about getting to Grand Portage when racing in 2018. "Now, the race had added more miles here. On my GPS it was 293 miles when I crossed the finish line here. There’s so many hills here and my legs are pretty tired from all the running I did," he added.

Redington said he learned from his experience last year that he and his team needed to be patient. He said he didn’t make his dogs ‘go for it’ and really push his team to run until reaching the Sawbill checkpoint. The warm weather that was expected to slow down mushers didn’t have that effect on Redington who says he trains in warm temps.

“We train a lot in warm weather. My dogs do tours in Skagway, Alaska for people that come off cruise ships and they run five to six days a week during the summer time. I think that really helps," said Redington. "When I saw the forecast, I was really happy with that because I knew it was a strength to us," he added.

Redington will narrow down his team to 14 dogs to race in the Iditarod in March.

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