2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Underway

Updated: January 28, 2019 05:09 AM

The 35th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has begun. 

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According to organizers, this race is about 100 miles shorter than it was last year. The trail from Billy's Bar in Duluth to the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino will take mushers and their teams over 295 miles of North Shore terrain.

Twelve mushers are competing in the full marathon, and 20 will race the Beargrease 120, which should end around 5 a.m. Monday at Lutsen Mountain.

Defending champion Ryan Redington is racing again and another team of his dogs will also be driven by musher Jason Rice. 

Husband and wife Blake and Jennifer Freking are  competing against each other and the rest of the field. 

Organizers are forecasting the marathon will finish around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.

WDIO News will provide coverage of the race, from the starting line, along the trail to the finish. We will have stories about the race, the mushers and of course the dogs.

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