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Volunteers

Introducing “voluntourism”! Never heard of it before? It means to tour a new place by volunteering, and the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the event to “voluntour”.

Volunteers are a vital part of organizing and facilitating the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. In the past years, many interesting people from all over the nation have done their part to make the eargrease a great experience. Some volunteers provide warmth and good cheer at the checkpoints with warm food and big bonfires. Others camp out at road crossings to assist teams safely across a variety of roads along the way. We have volunteers assisting the mushers to get their teams to the starting line, setting everything up, running headquarters, helping with banquets, and many other roles that make this North America’s Premier Sled Dog Race Series!

Nearly 500 volunteers are needed each year to ensure this event runs smoothly and safely. There are volunteer opportunities for everyone, from those who have experience with sled dog races to those who just LOVE dogs and community events! All areas of the race need volunteers, especially the starting area and various checkpoints.

Volunteer Meeting Schedule

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Lake County Visitors Guide

Come experience beautiful Lake County.

We know you’ll love it!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Road Crossings: Whether a returning road crossing volunteer or new, welcome! Road crossings volunteers are vital to the safety of the race… your dedication and willingness is much appreciated.
  • Dog Crews at the Start: If you want to “get your hands dirty,” our dog crew chief is looking for your help. This is a great way to meet some of the mushers and get hands-on experience handling racing dogs at the start of the race. Volunteers will assist mushers with moving their dog teams from the dog truck to the starting line. Volunteers should be bundled up in warm clothes and have the ability to run while holding a gangline of very excited dogs. You will be placed on a team of volunteers and assigned to several mushers who you will help get along with their teams of dogs to the starting line.
  • Start Area: Volunteers at the start will preform a variety of tasks related to the smooth operation of the start including setup and tear down.
  • 120 Finish: Help congratulate the Beargrease 120 mushers on finishing the race!
  • Marathon Finish: descriptor text goes here about this opportunity

Other Opportunities

In the weeks and months leading up to the race, we frequently need help from trusted volunteers. Needs range from media and PR, event planning and setup, graphic design, and a wide range of tasks.

If you have time, energy and a willingness to help out please click on the button below for the official volunteer sign ups.

Places to Stay While You Volunteer

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The “goodest” dogs
Need your help

What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the final hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.

These dogs simply are the best – and we want to be able to continue treating them that way! Donations from fans like you make that possible. Would you find it in your heart to help us out? No amount is too small in sled dog world!

What to expect when you come see the Beargrease Marathon

Watching the Beargrease is not for the faint of heart. Neither is it for dress shoes, fancy clothes, makeup, or showers (we’re only half joking). Watching the race or volunteering involves spending hours outside in the harshest weather that Northern Minnesota can offer.

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