January 30, 2022 - February 1, 2022 | All Day
The race begins January 30, 2022
Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest-running sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World-class mushers including Susan Butcher, Jamie Nelson, John, and Jason Baron have competed – facing off against other seasoned competitors as well as 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.
The organization hosts 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 checkpoints 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.
Close to 400 volunteers from around the country come together each winter to assure the event happens. The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization, overseen by a Board of Directors elected by the general membership.