The dogs need your help to keep history alive! Donate Today

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Come experience the premier long-distance sled dog race of the lower 48 and Northern Minnesota’s top winter attraction!

GPS Tracking

Track the mushers on the trail in real time! To see the tracking in full screen please click on the Fullscreen button below

Marathon

Beargrease 120

test text here

“The mission of the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon is to conduct the best long distance sled dog race in North America in a culturally sensitive manner, and to promote the sport of dog mushing.”

We Are Leaders in
Animal Welfare

Animal welfare has been the single most important aspect of this event from its inception. We believe that all dogs are entitled to adequate and balanced nutrition; all dogs deserve humane handling, respect, and care from their owners; and all dogs deserve adequate regular exercise.

The relationship between sled dogs and humans is one of the oldest bonds of its kind. The Beargrease is proud of its role in helping to enhance this bond by continuing to uphold the virtue that no dog will be allowed to run beyond its natural ability. The Beargrease is sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) and is run under its guidelines.

We continue to be a leader in animal welfare in the mushing community. If we are ever to make a decision regarding race safety, it will be in favor of the dogs.

Read our official beargrease policy

The northern lights as seen from some state park

Descriptor text about the norhtern lights goes here. Some words about it to make it sound like awesome and stuff. Three sentences or so should be plenty.

More about some state park >

Snowshoeing on some trail

Descriptor text about the snowshoeing goes here. Some words about it to make it sound like awesome and stuff. Three sentences or so should be plenty.

More about snowshoeing in MN >

The northern lights as seen from some state park

Descriptor text about the norhtern lights goes here. Some words about it to make it sound like awesome and stuff. Three sentences or so should be plenty.

More about some state park >

Snowshoeing on some trail

Descriptor text about the snowshoeing goes here. Some words about it to make it sound like awesome and stuff. Three sentences or so should be plenty.

More about snowshoeing in MN >

Support the Beargrease

Thankfully You Don’t Have to Wait For a Dogsled to Get Your Mail These Days

Stay up-to-date with the latest Beargrease news; winter isn’t the only time we have fun!
Find out how to be involved in the Beargrease year-around.