Beargrease underway, Mid-Distance complete

Cook County musher Frank Moe - photo by Greg Nichols

Mushers waited two years for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and Sunday it finally happened.

The starting line was off Riley Road in the east part of Duluth and about 2,500 people showed up to see the mushers off.

Today, the Mid-Distance race winner crossed the line at 8:10 a.m. Jenny Greger of Bozeman, Montana was on the trail for 6 hours, 52 minutes for an average speed of 15 mph.

Erin Altemus of Glenwood City, Wisc. was second,  just 37 minutes behind Greger.

Nick Turman of Two Harbors placed seventh and Jennifer Freking of Finland placed 11th.

In the full marathon as of 10 a.m. this morning, Andrew Letzring of Herbster, Wisc. held the top spot after leaving the Sawbill check point. Close behind was Keith Aili of Ray in  second place.

David Gordon of Duluth held third place. Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors was in sixth, Blake Freking of Finland, seventh, Frank Moe, Hovland in eighth and Odin Jorgenson of Grand Marais in ninth place.