Join Us At the
race Start

Postponed to Sunday Jan. 26, 2025

Please Note: Times & Locations subject to change. Record low snowfall has impacted the 2024 race. More details here.

Race Start Location: Billy’s Bar, 3502 W. Tischer Road, Duluth

Billy’s Opens at 7:00 a.m. with great breakfast & lunch options, hot & cold beverages, Bloody Mary bar and limited seating in the heated tent!

Get your Beargrease merchandise, meet the mushers and watch the teams take off in full-force!

SHUTTLE: Shuttle Bus begins running at 7:00 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m.  Multiple shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes to drop you off at the starting line at Billy’s.  Go to Parking Lot W at UMD – Click here for Lot W Map (lower left side of the page)

8:00 am – Meet the Mushers – a Fan Favorite! Our mushers will be parked and waiting for you at East End Auto (right next to Billy’s). Take photo’s with your favorite musher or lead dog, get autographs and ask questions about racing.

10:00 am – Race Start – Bib #1, the spirit of John Beargrease is the first out of the chute. Mushers follow every two minutes after. 

12:30 p.m. is when we expect the last team to leave Billy’s.

2:30 p.m. – Last Shuttles for UMD leave Billy’s – roads will begin opening.
Get your Beargrease Merchandise on-site!!
Limited Handicap Parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Service dogs are welcome. However, for the safety of your pets and our canine athletes, NO pets are allowed at any start, finish or checkpoint during the Beargrease.
** Safety is our top priority. Make sure you stay alert when you are near the race chutes – these canines can each pull 350 pounds….put 12 of them together and not much can stop them.