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U.P. 200 mushers making good time

February 16, 2014
By CHRISTIE BLECK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

GRAND MARAIS - The 13 teams running the U.P. 200 made good time after leaving Marquette Friday evening, arriving in Grand Marais starting at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

The race was going well as of late Saturday, said Pat Torreano, president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association.

After a mandatory layover, leader Keith Aili of Ray, Minn., left Grand Marais at 7:27 p.m. Saturday, followed by second place musher Ryan Redington of Knik, Alaska, and his team who left the Alger County checkpoint at 7:31 p.m.

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Ryan Redington of Knik, Alaska, arrives at the Grand Marais checkpoint of the U.P. 200 at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Redington was in second place in the race and left Grand Marais for Marquette at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)

Torreano said under current conditions, the first teams should begin arriving in Marquette mid to late morning today.

The finish line is in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. No scratches had been reported in the 13-musher race as of Saturday evening, Torreano said.

Each musher's progress and current race standings can be viewed on the UPSDA website at

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is



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