The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon – Duluth, MN

Jan 22, 2023 | events/locations

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The 39th Running of the John Beargrease Sled Marathon experience is the premier long-distance sled dog race of the lower 48 states. For over 40 years, the Minnesota’s North Shore comes alive with the excitement of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon race, which celebrates and honors the spirit of John Beargrease and brings thousands of worldwide spectators and hundreds of mushers from across the nation.

The series features several races, including the longest sled dog marathon in the lower 48 states, each race requiring mushers to fend off Minnesota’s extreme winter weather and rugged terrain.

Watching the Beargrease doesn’t require dress shoes, fancy clothes, makeup, or showers (we’re only half-joking). Watching the race or volunteering involves spending hours outside in the versatile Northern Minnesota elements — will it be cold? Yep, probably.

But one thing is for sure, the Beargrease is addictive.  From the first distinctive howl of an excited lead dog to the sleepy canine athlete nuzzled in their bed of straw–these 4-legged-athletes steal your hearts.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, come and witness the Beargrease, you will be hooked.

Stay and play all week long to enjoy the Beargrease. Take a peek at local lodging options here.


The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the premier long-distance sled dog race series in the lower 48 states and one of Northern Minnesota’s greatest winter attractions. The sled dog marathon honors John Beargrease’s legacy, indigenous culture, and North Shore communities while celebrating the history of mushing and the incredible canine athletes who make it possible. For up to the minute information, including live tracking of race teams, go to John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.


Come To The Start!

Sunday, January 29th

Location: Billy’s Bar, Duluth MN  |  Billy’s Opens at 7:00 AM  |  Meet The Mushers at 8:00 AM  |  Race Start at 10:00 AM

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

212 West Superior Street

Duluth, MN


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