Born into the mushing family, Ryan Redington proudly carries on the family legacy of running dogs, racing, raising awareness for the sport of dog sledding, and advocating for Alaska Native values. 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.
He is the 2023 Champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Leading up to this win he finished top ten in Iditarod the previous three years. He is also the 2019 and 2021 Champion of the Kobuk 440 in Kotzebue, Alaska.
In the fall and winter Ryan trains his dogs near Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. By January he and team are competing in races of Minnesota, then in February the dogs and crew of Redington Mushing drive 3,400 miles to Alaska to prepare for and race the 1,000 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. In the summer find them giving tours in Girdwood, AK.
Sarah was born and raised in central Minnesota. She studied wildlife biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and now enjoys drawing and painting with a focus on wildlife and natural landscapes. Winters are spent mushing with her favorite huskies, and summers find her back in Alaska as a naturalist in the Inside Passage.
Morgan Martens, 16, is an eleventh grader from Brule, Wisconsin. He was born into the mushing life and has been raised around all sorts of animals. With mushing in his family, Morgan has an expansive list of races he has run over the last ten years. Some of the more recent races with Redington Mushing include Jr. Iditarod (1st place in 2021, 3rd place in 2022, 2nd place in 2023). When not training or racing dogs, Morgan can be found participating in track, cross country running, camping, skiing, fishing, and horse back riding. To support his love of mushing, he splits firewood and sells it. Morgan is excited to be back for his fourth Jr. Iditarod running Ryan Redington's dogs. He is thankful for the knowledge about training and racing that Ryan has shared over the years. After high school, Morgan plans to continue running sled dogs including the new litter of pups that his family just bred up.