Three Grand Forks-area biking enthusiasts participating in a 135-mile marathon on the Arrowhead Trail from International Falls to Tower, Minn., were still in the race as of this morning.
Two others dropped out Monday night.
Still in the race are Steve Moulds, East Grand Forks; Greg Ames, Grand Forks; and Jim Grijalva, Grand Forks.
Open to competitors on foot, skis or bicycles, the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon began at 7 a.m. Monday with 61 participants. Racers have 60 hours to reach the end point in Tower.
Required checkpoints are located at Gateway General Store on U.S. Highway 53, Melgeorge's Resort on Elephant Lake near Orr, Minn., and the "Wakemup Tipi," on the trail about halfway between Melgeorge's and the finish line at Fortune Bay Casino in Tower.
Moulds arrived at the Melgeorge's checkpoint at 2:09 a.m. and was still at the resort as of 8:30 this morning, according to a blog entry posted on the race's Web site, www.arrowheadultra.com. Ames left Melgeorge's at 11:39 p.m. Monday and is somewhere on the trail, and Grijalva last was reported as bivouacking on the trail Monday night north of Melgeorge's.
Pat White, Grand Forks, dropped out of the race Monday after reaching the first checkpoint at Gateway General Store. Dave Simmons, a Grand Forks native now living in Fargo, also dropped out of the race Monday afternoon.
Three racers on bicycles already had completed the marathon by this morning.
Check out the Web site at www.arrowheadultra.com for latest updates.
-- Brad Dokken