Duluthian finishes grueling Iditarod Trail Invitational on bike

Duluth’s Jason Buffington has finished seventh in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile bike, ski or walk ultra-marathon race that runs from Knik (near Anchorage) to McGrath. Buffington, a physician at Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic, finished the race on his bike in 3 days, 5 hours, and 11 minutes. Buffington and all of the race’s top seven finishers broke the previous record. Winner Jay Petervary of Idaho finished in 2 days, 19 hours and 16 minutes, shattering the previous record of 3 days, 5 hours and 40 minutes set by Alaskan Peter Basinger in 2007.

Duluth’s Charlie Farrow also is competing in the event on a bike. At last report Thursday morning, he had checked out of the Rohn checkpoint at mile 210.

For more information and updates on the race, look here.

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