Once-retired musher Keith Aili wins his second Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon title
February 1, 2023
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. - After nearly three days and 300 miles spent cruising near the North Shore, Keith Aili's team of Alaskan huskies stopped Tuesday just shy of the finish line - a swatch of orange paint sprayed into packed snow between the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino and Lake Superior.
Ultimately, it was Rudolph, the dog behind Aili's lead dogs, that coaxed the team through to make it official - 14 hours, 59 minutes, 20 seconds and the veteran musher's second Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon title.
"They're scared of people," Aili said of his young team's anti-social moment in the face of the small crowd of media, race officials and spectators who lined the finish chute.