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Erin Letzring won the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon by the smallest margin in the race’s history. She beat out ex-husband Ryan Redington by seven seconds on Tuesday. -- ALEX KORMANN • ALEX.KORMANN@STARTRIBUNE.COM
Erin Letzring won the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon by the smallest margin in the race’s history. She beat out ex-husband Ryan Redington by seven seconds on Tuesday. -- ALEX KORMANN • ALEX.KORMANN@STARTRIBUNE.COM - Duluth, Minnesota
For Duluth native, ending first Beargrease with a win was a 'team effort'

The fi­nal stretch of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon was called "no man's land," one mile of trail where regu­lar race et­i­quette doesn't ap­ply.

For about 300 miles, any time a mush­er want­ed to pass a com­pet­i­tor, he or she would have to "call trail," prompt­ing the mush­er in the lead to pull over so the oth­er could go by.

But mush­ers Erin Letzring and Ryan Redington were neck and neck when they reached that last part of the trail, where teams no long­er must yield to gain­ing op­po­nents on the nar­row, wood­ed course. Who­ev­er reached no man's land first was like­ly going to win the race, the long­est sled dog e­vent in the Lower 48 states.

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