Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon woofs back to life

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Curt Perano of Queensland, NZ heads north out of the Sawbill checkpoint near Tofte, MN with his team of sled dogs during the marathon distance running of the 2011 Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The Beargrease is a sled dog race run every year in northern Minnesota from Duluth to near the Canadian border. The marathon distance event, 384 miles in length, is a qualifier for the famous Iditarod, run in Alaska. FILE PHOTO: Jeff Keacher, Creative Commons

The 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts Sunday in Duluth, Minnesota, kicking off a grueling test of endurance for dogs and people alike. The race runs 384 miles and is expected to wrap up sometime on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

This year you can follow the mushers and their teams using GPS, a first for the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which might add to the enjoyment of fans who can’t follow the whole production up the North Shore.

I must say, the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon website and organization looks really sharp. The race went under new management earlier this year after the former board had announced they wouldn’t hold a race in 2014 due to lack of funding. New people stepped in, raised the money and the race is on. Way to go!

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