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John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon finish is closest in race history


February 3, 2021

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Erin Letzring crossed the finish line seven seconds ahead of defending champion Ryan Redington to win the John Beargrease sled dog marathon on Tuesday.

GRAND PORTAGE, MINN. – Two teams of sled dogs crossed the finish line Tuesday night seven seconds apart to finish what organizers said was the closest John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in race history.

Erin Letzring of Skagway, Alaska, edged out defending champion Ryan Redington to become the first female musher to win the Duluth-to-Grand Portage race since 1998.

"These guys didn't give up," Letzring said as she petted Black Hawk and Wilder, the four-year-old Alaskan huskies that led her team as they clinched victory. "They exceeded my expectations."


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