The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is Ready for 2020
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is one of the premiere dog sled races in North America. Established in 1980, the race celebrates the vital role John Beargrease played in delivering mail for those living on the North Shore – specifically his winter deliveries with his dog team.
The Beargrease is a qualifier for the Iditarod race in Alaska. As a result, the nearly 300 mile race brings in famed and seasoned mushers from around the globe. The trail, whether one is running the full marathon or mid-distance race, comes with a host of challenges for both new and seasoned mushers alike. The rugged terrain mixed with our winter weather can test even the most experienced team.
This year’s start will take place on Sunday, January 26 at Billy’s in Duluth, Minnesota at 11 am sharp. The full marathon racers will leave the chute first, followed by the mid-distance racers and then the recreational race participants closing out the pack. The energy of the mushers and dogs alike is a thrill you have to experience to understand. As the dog teams are led to the starting line, they can’t contain their excitement. Jumping, howling, barking and raring to go!
There are multiple checkpoints and road crossings that provide spectators with countless opportunities to see, take photographs and experience the thrill of the race. The organizers of the Beargrease, veterinarians, race officials and nearly 400 volunteers do a commendable job ensuring that all mushers and their dog teams along with spectators have an enjoyable and safe experience.
If you haven’t attended the start or stopped in at a checkpoint, make this year the year you do! You won’t regret it. Follow the race and mushers via the GPS tracker or explore the list of events and activities taking place.
See you on the trail!