DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota musher Ryan Anderson has won the John Beargrease sled dog race for the third time.

Anderson, of Ray, and his team of 10 dogs crossed the finish line in Duluth at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

WDIO-TV reports Anderson said he was using the Beargrease simply as a training run for Alaska's Iditarod and didn't expect to be competitive, but his dogs were running well.

Anderson won the Beargrease in 2015, and came in third in 2016. He also won in 2011.

Ryan Redington of Alaska took second in his first-ever Beargrease. Redington led for most of the marathon along Minnesota's North Shore, finally falling behind at the Finland downbound checkpoint.

Four-time Beargrease champion Nathan Schroeder of Warba finished third.