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October 9, 2019
Monica Hendrickson,
Marketing & Outreach, Beargrease

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon joins

“International Dog Racing Championship: QRILL Pet Arctic World Series


(Duluth, MN, October 9, 2019) Today, The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon joins Aker BioMarine, in
announcing the launch of the Qrill Pet Arctic World Series (QPAWS). (**See Attached Release from
The QPAWS series provides an opportunity to bring the sport of mushing and the unique races included
to an international audience through new digital platforms and international television broadcasts.
With a goal of focusing on the relationships between human and canine athletes, the quality dog care
provided by the top mushers as well as highlighting the iconic races involved in the inaugural year,
QPAWS will allow fans around the globe to experience the race in a more compelling format than
previously available. 
Beargrease officials were contacted in March and invited to be one of the four races included in the
inaugural year, as the shortest race in the series, the invitation is a testament to the ruggedness of the
Beargrease as well as the unique history.
“The John Beargrease Board of Directors is very excited to announce our participation in the QRILL Paws
2020 Dog Mushing Championships”, States Carmen Schempp, President of the John Beargrease Sled Dog
Marathon Board of Directors. “As one of four inaugural races participating in this mushing race series,
we are excited to be joining forces with other world class dog sled races in Norway, Russia and Alaska;
we’re bringing the excitement of the Beargrease to the world stage”.  The International Broadcasting of
the series will help in showcasing Northern Minnesota to mushers and spectators from across the globe.

Schempp states, “With our cultural ties to the unique history of the North Shore, challenging terrain and
weather challenges, The Beargrease won’t disappoint.”  Mushers and their teams will face elevation
changes over 35,000 feet while racing in The Beargrease – which is equivalent to running up and down
Mount Everest — three times.
Media Interviews and more information is available by contacting Beargrease Board of Directors
Frank Moe
Board of Directors & Musher
Jean Vincent
Board of Directors


The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon | Duluth, MN | was established in 1980 in honor of
John Beargrease, the son of an Anishinabe Chief, who was pivotal in the development of
Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. The mission of the John Beargrease Sled Dog
Marathon is to conduct the best long-distance race in North America in a culturally sensitive
manner, and to promote the sport of dog mushing.
Today, The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is North America’s Premiere Sled Dog Race
Series and also offers educational activities centered around Minnesota geography, leadership,
local and Native American history.