Ryan Redington has won the Iditarod. Fifty-one years ago his grandfather, Joe Redington, dreamed up the idea of the Iditarod, the “last great race on earth”. No Redington has ever won the Iditarod. Until now. At the Anchorage Daily News Zachariah Hughes and Michelle Theriault Boots report:
NOME — Ryan Redington crossed the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finish line in Nome on Tuesday to earn his first victory in the grueling race his grandfather pioneered more than half a century ago.
His team of six dogs, featuring leaders 6-year-old Ghost and 4-year-old Sven, came to a rest on Nome’s Front Street at 12:13 p.m., a couple hours after the sun cracked over the sea ice on the southern horizon.
Redington is the first member of his family to win the Iditarod over the decades they’ve been part of its legacy. “We’ve waited 51 years for this, ladies and gentleman,” emcee Greg Heister of Iditarod Insider told the crowd in Nome, to a roaring cheer.
Redington made the nearly 1,000-mile run in 8 days, 21 hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds. Hundreds of people lined the race chute in excitement as he jogged beside his sled and up toward the finish line in his lime-green parka ruffed with wolverine fur.