Born in Knik, AK into the mushing family, Ryan Redington proudly carries on the family legacy of running dogs, racing, and raising awareness for the sport of dog sledding. His grandfather, Joe Redington Sr, is known as the “Father of the Iditarod” for co-founding the 1,000 mile race in 1973, and helping to establish the route as a National Historic Trail. A dedicated heir of the sport, Ryan has been mushing ever since he “could hold onto the sled”, and has excelled at sprint and marathon sled dog races across the Midwest and Alaska. His daughter Eve and son TJ are also carrying on the family tradition of racing sled dogs.
Ryan has run many races across Alaska and the lower 48 states. In 2021 Ryan had his best finish in Iditarod to date, placing seventh. He is the 2019 and 2021 champion of the Kobuk 440 in Kotzebue, Alaska. This season Ryan is looking forward to training and racing with his kennel partner, Sarah, and bringing a strong team to this year's Iditarod!
In the fall and winter Ryan trains his team in Brule, WI. By December he and team are competing in in races of Minnesota and Alaska, including the 1,000 mile Iditarod race in Alaska. In the summer find him and his dogs giving tours in Girdwood, AK.
Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Every one of my most memorable adventures have involved these three elements: wilderness, friendship, and a hilarious blunder. One time my family and I were lost in the Yellowstone front country. Since we were lost Dad was driving fast to catch back up to where we should have been which was too fast for me to read the road signs and navigate so we got more lost! We nearly ran out of gas and but finally made it to the exit for our campground, which was closed and locked until the next morning. We spent the eeriest hours of pre-dawn parked just off trail, surrounded by bison, the Milky Way galaxy, and not-so-distant wolf-song. I logged other memorable adventures while studying Wildlife Biology in Fairbanks, Alaska; leading expedition hikes in Costa Rica and Southeast Alaska; and enduring a wildlife safari in Uganda, Africa.
Dog sledding definitely checks all the memorable adventure boxes. Wilderness? Check. Friendship? Dogs and people, check! Blunders? Well I’d like to say every run was a magic carpet ride, but that wouldn’t be very memorable! How about that time I took a wrong turn? The time it was -20 and I lost my fur hat on the trail? The time I frost-bit my cornea? Oh, those were all in the same race! See? Hilarious! I’m looking forward to another season of adventures training and racing with Ryan and our Redington Mushing dogs!
When I’m not on the trail, I enjoy relaxing with my favorite Siberian, Sky, and our mushing family and friends.