Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
is the longest running sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers face off against seasoned competitors and the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the trail. The “Beargrease” is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska.
Races include the Beargrease 120, a mid-distance race, the Beargrease 40, a recreational class race as well as the Cub Run, a 2 or 4 mile loop for kids to get their chance behind a two-dog team.
All check points and road crossings are easily accessible to the public and provide many opportunities for photographers, winter camping or simply quality time around a campfire with good people, hot chocolate and the thrill of seeing the amazing canine athletes in action.
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