U.P. 200 mushers making good time

GRAND MARAIS – The 13 teams running the U.P. 200 made good time after leaving Marquette Friday evening, arriving in Grand Marais starting at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

The race was going well as of late Saturday, said Pat Torreano, president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association.

After a mandatory layover, leader Keith Aili of Ray, Minn., left Grand Marais at 7:27 p.m. Saturday, followed by second place musher Ryan Redington of Knik, Alaska, and his team who left the Alger County checkpoint at 7:31 p.m.

Torreano said under current conditions, the first teams should begin arriving in Marquette mid to late morning today.

The finish line is in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. No scratches had been reported in the 13-musher race as of Saturday evening, Torreano said.

Each musher’s progress and current race standings can be viewed on the UPSDA website at www.up200.org.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.