Despite trail conditions that some race veterans call the worst they’ve ever seen, Chisholm musher Nathan Schroeder is representing the Northland very well in his first time competing in Alaska’s legendary Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Blake Freking of Finland was the last one to reach Billy’s Bar just north of Duluth, finishing the 374-mile race along the North Shore at 5:10 a.m. Freking had five dogs left in harness, race officials reported.
Nathan Schroeder was the first to arrive at the finish line at Billy’s in Rice Lake Township, at 1:19 p.m., after four days of brutal racing. The Chisholm resident finished about two hours ahead of the next musher, Keith Aili of Ray. It’s Schroeder’s third win and a repeat of last year.
UPDATE: Nathan Schroeder, of Chisholm, won the 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon today, arriving at the finish line at Billy’s Bar in Rice Lake Township at 1:19 p.m. His closest competitor, Keith Aili, of Ray, was about two hours behind.
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