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RACE DAY: Sunday, January 27, 2019 in DULUTH

Race Start is at Billy’s Bar (3502 W. Tischer Road, Duluth, MN)

Shuttle Buses will be running from UMD to Billy’s from 8:00 am -4:00 pm (LOT W – College St./Junction Ave.  See map Here).

Suggested Donation $5 per couple/$10 per family 

Bloody Mary’s, Breakfast, Lunch, Beer Tents, Bonfires, Beargrease Merchandise and MORE!  Stay All Day!

7:00 Breakfast & Bloody Mary’s (Yep – and LOTS of coffee!)

10:00 Meet the Mushers (Mingle with our mushers, take photo’s and see what all the hype is about)

12:00 Race Start! Marathon teams are out first, then the Beargrease 120 and then the Beargrease 40


The Beargrease is a small non-profit committed to the fans. We couldn’t do this race without donors and sponsors. 

Would you consider a suggested donation of $5.00 or $10.00 for families at the gate


We are excited to welcome back our mushers, volunteers, teams, vets, race sponsors, fans, organizers – we are celebrating 35 Years!

For a full listing of Race Events in January – simply click on the “Events” tab on our website header….lots of options for you to pick from  – all equally fun…

And some are even warm….


Beargrease 120 Finish:  Monday, January 28, 2019 in LUTSEN:

Join us at Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort for the Beargrease 120 Finish!

First Finisher expected at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28 – Public Welcome!

Finisher Banquet at 3:30 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s, tickets $20 Purchase Tickets Here



 Beargrease Marathon Finish: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in GRAND PORTAGE: 

Join us at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino for the Beargrease Marathon Finish!

First finisher expected at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29 – Public Welcome!

Closing Ceremonies & Marathon Awards Banquet, Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. $10.00



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Events Begin Jan. 25, 2019

Friday, Jan. 25 events start leading up to the official race start on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest race this side of Canada. We are looking forward to hosting 60+ world class mushers at this year’s race and over 500 volunteers from around the country. Join us for one of the best displays of dog athleticism in America!

Main race activities start on the weekend of Friday, January 25, 2019. Saturday is packed with events such as Vet Checks, Opening Ceremonies Dinner and Silent Auction. The race begins Sunday, January 27 and runs through January 30. Watch our event page for a more detailed event schedule.


Join us in keeping the spirit of John Beargrease alive by supporting the longest sled dog marathon in the lower 48 states. You can support the race by donating or becoming a sponsor.



We are grateful for our sponsors that make this race possible. View all sponsors here.