Beargrease and Iditarod: the last races standing in 2021

Jan 28, 2021

Jennifer Freking is ready for her closeup at last year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
Credit QPAWS (Qrill Pet Arctic World Series)

At the beginning of March 2020, the organizers of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon were pretty much sitting on top of the world.

Their first race as part of Q PAWS (Qrill Pet Arctic World Series) was in the books, as were the first two legs of the four-race series, the Femundløpet in Norway and the Volga Quest in Russia.

All that remained was the Iditarod, and the QPAWS team headed up to Alaska to broadcast the race.

Suddenly, "Covid was chasing them out of the Iditarod."

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This year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will look a lot different than in previous years, but since the Norwegian and Russian governments have refused to let races in those countries be held, it's just the Beargrease and the Iditarod for racing fans - and the Qrill Pet Arctic World Series this year.