Today was the start of another John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The race began in Duluth at 1:00pm with mushers leaving at intervals for the over 350 mile race up the North Shore. This year you can keep track of exactly where mushers are with the help of the GPS and map that can be found on their website.
This is a great new feature that leaves the guessing work out of the equation finally. With limited cell phone coverage and having to rely on radio personnel along the race course to get bib numbers it was difficult to know exactly who was where. Now it will be much easier for the support trucks and handlers to know where their mushers are.
According to the Cook County Star…
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest running race in the lower 48 states. The course of rugged, awesome scenery winds its way along the CJ Ramstad North Shore State Snowmobile Trail on the North Shore of Lake Superior and into remote Superior National Forest. This race commemorates the courage and endurance of John Beargrease, the intrepid Ojibwe dog-driver who carried the U.S. mail to outposts along the North Shore of Lake Superior in the late 1800s.
*** ***For up-to-the minute race information, directions to checkpoints, musher biographies, and lots more, visit the official website at www.beargrease.com.