John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

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The first woman since Jamie Nelson in 1998 is the 2021 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon champion .. and what a ride it was.

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Veteran handler but first time musher Erin Letzring sprinted across the finish line for her first Beargrease Marathon win, followed literally three seconds later by two-time Beargrease champ Ryan Redington.

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The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has us thinking more (if that's possible) about our dogs and how we peacefully coexist - or don't - with them.

Master gardener Tom Kasper says there are all kinds of ways to design your garden space with good things to eat for dogs and humans, and also to make sure "no one has to get yelled at and no one has to get angry."

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Mushers are leaving the Skypoint checkpoint this morning heading to Mineral Center.

Then it's a four-hour mandatory layover, a 30-mile loop, and it's back to Mineral Center for the race finish - probably this afternoon.

Musher, Beargrease champ and KUMD's race reporter John Stetson has the details.

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Warm temperatures, "punchy" snow ... trail conditions for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon were less than idea coming out of the chute at Billy's yesterday.

Race reporter and long-time Beargrease volunteer Jason Rice gives us the rundown on the other Beargrease races, plus some strategies to look for in the full marathon.

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It's one thing to say the mushing community is like a family, but there are six mushers in the race this year for whom the Beargrease is, indeed, a family affair.

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Annie Dugan says, if anyone is channeling the voice of the Northland, it's Brian Barber; a voice of quirky, dry, twisted humor, as she describes it.

If some dry, quirky, twisted humor sounds like just the ticket, you can join in tomorrow (Tuesday, February 2) night at 6 pm for Brian's episode of UMD's Visual Culture Lecture Series.

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With a few fresh inches of snow on the ground, the 37th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has begun.

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In years past, folks at the start of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon had to shout to be heard above the baying of the sled dogs.

That is, until the dogs were given the command to move.

Then they fell utterly silent as they threw their weight into the traces ... and the crowds took over with whooping and cheering and yes, cowbell. 

This year will be a lot different.

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

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John Stetson likes the Mineral Center checkpoint. 

The quiet turn-off in the woods, at the end of an 11 mile road and watched over by an old log cabin just feels good to him.  

With over 30 years of mushing and training sled dogs and 13 John Beargrease marathon races with a couple of mid-distance wins thrown in, John Stetson knows where the musher's heads are by the time they reach this last checkpoint before the Beargrease race finish.

Lisa Johnson

4:36 PM UPDATE: Ryan Redington crosses the finish line at 4:36:15 pm  to win his second John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.  He previously won in 2018. 

Keith Aili arrived second, crossing the finish line at 4:50:11 pm.  Ryan Anderson is expected to cross within the hour, followed by Martin Massicotte. 

(previous) 2:00 PM UPDATERyan Redington is in the lead with about 40 km to go in the final leg of the 2020 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. 

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

It might be Erin Schouweiler's first Beargrease as a Schouweiler -- but it's not her first sled dog race or even her first Beargrease.

Racing a team from the Schouweiler's Otter Run Kennels, including some dogs that carried her mother-in-law, Martha, to a second place finish in the mid-distance race last year, Erin handily took first in the Beargrease 120.

"She was so far ahead on the last run," says former musher, trainer, Beargrease champion and KUMD Race Reporter John Stetson, "she could just cruise in without a lot of stress.

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The 36th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has hit the trail!

Join us Monday morning at 8:00 as Beargrease champ and KUMD race reporter John Stetson brings us up-to-the-moment news from the trail!

©Lisa Johnson

They were big, they were small. They were smooth-coated and furry as bears.