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With temperature near 30 below, Idaho biker is first to complete Arrowhead 135

Idaho's Jay Petervary was the first across the finish line of the 10th Arrowhead 135 endurance race early Tuesday near Tower. Temperatures were near 30 below zero at the time.

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Idaho's Jay Petervary was the first across the finish line of the 10th Arrowhead 135 endurance race early Tuesday near Tower. Temperatures were near 30 below zero at the time.

Petervary, who was on a fat-tire bike in the race that also is open to runners and cross-country skiers, completed the race from International Falls to Fortune Bay Casino at 3:11 a.m., according to race officials. He covered the 135-mile wilderness course in 20 hours, 11 minutes.

Petervary had to push his bike across the finish line because of a frozen wheel hub, race officials reported. As of 6 a.m. overnight lows had reached 26 below at Ely and Cook, and 34 below at Embarrass - the closest reporting weather stations.

Tom Puzak of the Twin Cities was the second racer to finish, on bike at 4:26 a.m. for a total time of 21 hours, 26 minutes. Alec Petro was third, crossing the finish line at 5:34 a.m. for a total time of 22 hours, 34 minutes.

The temperature was 24 below zero in International Falls when more than 140 racers set off at 7 a.m. Monday; about half had dropped out as of 6 a.m. Tuesday. At that time, 34 bikers remained on the trail and 47 had dropped out; 34 runners were on the trail and 22 had dropped out; and one skier remained on the trail while one other had dropped out. The race cutoff is 60 hours, or 2 1/2 days.

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Petervary is the record-holder in Alaska's 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational, but this year's Arrowhead 135 bikers were well off the record pace set in 2013. Duluth's Todd McFadden remains the record-holder with his time of 14 hours, 20 minutes on bike in last year's race; McFadden had to drop out of this year's race at the first checkpoint because of frostbite, race officials reported.

Other Northland athletes included in a race feature in Sunday's News Tribune - Leah Gruhn on bike, and Jeremy Kershaw and Mike Stattelman on foot - remained on the course early Tuesday.

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