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January 28-30, 2024 | 40th Running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
January 21 | Beargrease Cub Run | Lakeview National Golf Course

1349 Hwy 61, Two Harbors, MN

2 mile class or 1/4 mile beginner course
Cost to Register: $15
To Register Your Little Musher CLICK HERE
Registration closes January 15, 2023.

11am-Noon: Musher Check-in
12:30pm: Musher Meeting
1pm: First Team Out of the Starting Chute

Awards to follow.

January 28 | Beargrease Vet Checks | black bear casino resort Event center

1785 Highway 210, Carlton, MN


Meet the Mushers and their amazing canine athletes as they participate in mandatory vet checks prior to the race. 
Ask questions, learn about how sled dogs are taken care of before, during and after the race.

Please Note: No outside dogs allowed. 

January 28 | cutest puppy contest | Fitger’s Historic Lakefront Hotel

600 E Superior Street, Duluth, MN

  • 10-11am: Puppy Check-In
  • 11am-1pm: Puppy Viewing & Voting
  • 1:30pm: Awards

The beargrease cutest puppy contest is back! 

FREE family friendly event ~ come out to meet some puppies and vote for the cutest.

Owners need to show proof of vaccinations at check-in: parvovirus/distemper combo and rabies.

Please Note: Only dogs entered in the Cutest Puppy Contest will be allowed in the building during these hours. 

Root River Photography
January 28 | Opening Ceremonies | Black bear casino resort

1785 MN-210, Carlton, MN 55718

3:00 PM Drum Ceremony Eulogy (John Beargrease) and land acknowledgement.

Introduction and ceremonial bib draw.

Swearing in of the Marathon and BG120 mushers as mail carriers.

January 28, 2024  | Race start! 10:00 am Billy’s Bar, Duluth, MN

Can’t make it to the start, checkpoints or the finish?  Visit our Race Center to follow along online.

Watch Mushing Midwest Live Stream Here.

January 28 | Beargrease 40 Finish, “The Pit” Two Harbors

January 29 | Beargrease 120 Finish, Trestle Inn, Finland 

January 30 | Beargrease Marathon Finish, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

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