Ray Redington Jr. & Redington Kennels
Dog mushing is a family tradition for Ray Redington Jr. He’s a 3rd generation Iditarod musher. His Grandpa is Joe Redington Senior who’s known as the Father of the Iditarod for helping establish the Iditarod. His grandpa, dad, uncle, and brother have all competed in the Iditarod.
Dog mushing is both a sport and a lifestyle the Redington family enjoys. Ray loves to run and race dogs. He grew up around the Iditarod and started competing in 2001. So far, his best finish was in 2013 when he placed 5th, an impressive achievement.
Ray met his wife Julia when they were racing in the 1991 Junior Iditarod. They married in 1998 and have two fantastic kids, Ellen and Isaac. Not surprisingly, Ellen and Isaac also enjoy running dogs.
The Redingtons live in Knik, Alaska on land bought from Ray’s Grandparents’ estate. Their home was the original food drop site for the first few Iditarod races in the early 70’s. The property has direct access to the historical Iditarod Trail. It also overlooks Knik Lake where the Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race starts and ends, a race in which Ray regularly competes.