Beargrease 2019: Frekings take Beargrease with a one-two punch!
Nicole and Elena Freking will have some pretty good stuff to share at show-and-tell when they get back to school.
Their parents, Blake and Jennifer Freking, took first and second place in the 35th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
But the drama of this race, with a new, shortened course and new finish lines, is far from over.
In a contest thought even this morning to belong to Ryan Redington, became an upset this afternoon when Redington experienced an unknown difficulty on the train. KUMD race reporter, Beargrease champion and veteran musher, John Stetson, says he suspects Redington's dogs just "quit on him."
That opened the door for Blake Freking, who had been keeping a steady pace in the number two position. Then as the evening wore on, the competition for second place switched rapidly between Jennifer Freking, Jason Rice, Ryan Redington and Colleen Wallin.