“With 34nd running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon about to start and pass through the towns and communities of the north shore it’s amazing to think, it all began with a man and his dogs. A grand portage Chippewa man and his dogs kept the door of the north shore open by delivering mail over hand cleared trails and tracheas lake ice. John Beargrease raced against his own clock and against the chilling odds of Northland weather.
Today it’s the Trial, It’s the dogs, it’s the magic, it’s the Beargrease, I would like to take this time and say THANK YOU to all. We could not do it without you, this north shore event runs through three counties and Grand Portage Tribal lands and back again without taking a breath. It can be a logistical nightmare at times. And I am proud to be working with a great group of Judges Volunteers, Checkpoint Coordinators Veterinarians, Veterinarian assistants, Beargrease Vets are the best, and our sponsors who help us promote the sport of dog mushing. And a very special thank you to the wives, husbands, moms, dads, and everyone else who pitches in extra help around the house or work to let our loyal supporters share in the celebration of this event.
In closing I would also like to take this time and say a special THANK YOU to the snowmobilers for their use of the C.J. Ramstad Memorial North Shore State Trail. And the Cook County Ridge Riders for use of their Grant and Aid trails The trail will remain open during the race but with the cooperation and cautious riding of snowmobilers the Beargrease is able to run a safe and fun race. Thank you again for sharing the trail
If you yet to see the John Beargrease Sled dog Marathon in action we invite you to come witness this awesome event, From the energy at the start, to the care of the dogs at checkpoints, and the beauty of the trail and some of the very best in the sport of dog mushing, Please join us, you won’t be disappointed….. See you on the trail.”
– Race Coordinator, Alex Angelos