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Join us for coverage of the 2023 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Final Day Trail Reports, 8am and 2pm: "The wind is where you start to question your life choices"

Credit Lisa Johnson, 2019
Sled dogs take a well-deserved break at Trail Center Monday night

The GPS trackers are back, Ryan Redington is in command of the race at this point (with Blake Freking in the number two position),  and veteran musher and race reporter John Stetson says it's a "dog race" between Frank Moe, Jason Rice and Jennifer Freking.

That's the good news. 

The bad news is that Mary Manning, Martin Massicotte and Sally Manikian scratched.  Martin and Sally are new names to the race this year, and even though Sally's raced the UP200 and the Can-Am three times each, and Martin is a five-time Can-Am winner, there's something about this race that chews mushers up and spits them out.

Then there's that other thing: the cold.  It's hard on everything and everyone, but so far, it hasn't broken any mushers or dogs.  Equipment, though; that's another story.

Beargrease veteran, musher and KUMD race reporter John Stetson has the story.


All the active teams have arrived at the Mineral Center Checkpoint.  Just before 2 p.m., Ryan Redington and his team, the current leaders, departed on the final leg of the race.  Race reporter John Stetson believes that Redington's team could cross the finish line in Grand Portage as early as 6:30 p.m.  

Following the mandatory rest periord, Blake Freking's team is the next that could depart on the home stretch sometime mid-afternoon.  Around 5:00 p.m., several teams will be poised to leave as well - within mere minutes of each other.  Therefore, the hunt for the third place finish could very will be a tight race.

John Beargrease Trail Report, Tuesday 1/29/19 at 2 p.m.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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