As participants set out on the trails Monday morning in International Falls, there was no way of knowing that the first bicyclist would be finishing in just under 12 hours.
Jordan Wakeley of Grayling, Mich., riding a bike in the 135-mile race that's also open to runners and cross-country skiers, reached the finish line at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in Tower at 6:43 p.m. Monday, for a total time of 11 hours and 43 minutes, according to the race website, shattering the previous record.
The previous record was 13:15, set in 2017 by Ted Loosen of Minneapolis; the 2017 event saw a pack of four racers shatter the previous course record of 14:20.
Neil Beltchenko of Minneapolis finished second at 8:27 p.m. Monday in 13:27 and was the first unsupported men's biker to finish.
Minnesotan Leah Gruhn was the first female finisher in 22:15.0, good for 20th overall.
Racers have 60 hours to finish the race that started at 7 a.m. Monday.