Beargrease sled dog race back on after ‘peaceful coup’

couplikethatThe 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog race is on again after new volunteers staged what the Duluth News Tribune calls a “peaceful coup,” replacing the board of directors that had canceled the  race just last week.

From the DNT:

“There’s a huge upswell of people willing to help and keep it going,” said musher John Stetson.

He said the talk of new leadership has drawn the interest of new and old sponsors of the race, which has only a few thousand dollars in its checkbook.

Coughlin said a group of about 10 mushers and Beargrease race fans got together over the weekend and made plans to make the race happen.

Jason Rice said no one in the new leadership group was pointing fingers at the current board members. He said they are sensitive to how “nerve wracking” the past few years have been as they have struggled to pay for the event that costs about $50,000 a year to run.

“We’re willing to step up,” Rice said.

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