Beargrease 2016

Lisa Johnson

Chilly, 30 mile per hour winds swept across the fields as the first few teams arrived at the finish line early this morning. In recent past years, the finish was usually mid-morning.  This year, Nathan Schroeder crossed the line before 6 a.m. with a winning trail time of 33 hours, 1 minute, 58 seconds.  Jason Campeau followed about 45 minutes later, followed by Ryan Anderson in third place an hour after that.

    

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Four-time winner of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Jamie Nelson, has scratched.

Friends say Nelson felt her dogs were not as ready as she would like for a 400 mile race.

Meanwhile, volunteer-vet-tech-turned-musher Beckie Hacker took a bad spill yesterday.  Her dogs were fine but she hurt her shoulder.  After determining that she could still take care of them (she said she "didn't want to be the weakest link" of her team), she continues her first Beargrease marathon.

Photo courtesy Binner Rahn

Musher Martha Schouweiler has won the mid-distance race for the second year in a row.

Frank Moe took second and the third place finish was being hotly contested at air time this morning.

Meanwhile, Duluth's Ann Stead won the rec race.

Thanks to our intrepid Trail Reporter, Binner Rahn, for keeping us up to speed!

 

Join us as we kick off the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon at the official race start on Sunday, January 31st in Two Harbors! We'll be there spinning local music from the 9am to meet the mushers and stick around for the race start at 11am. Stay tuned for Live Reports on the Trail from January 29 - February 1 at 8am, 11am and 2pm.

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Photos courtesy Bayfield Chamber of Commerce

High prey drive, pulls like crazy the minute you leash them up and has a lot to say - usually at the top of their lungs.

Housepets from hell?  Hardly - they're the sled dogs who have found a new home through Jim's Team Sled Dog Rescue in Bayfield, WI.

Robin Eschner

California composer and artist Robin Eschner has spent over a year visiting Minnesota, composing a song cycle about the history and culture of sled dog mushing and northern Minnesota, and that magical place where they intersect: the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.


Photo courtesy Robin Eschner

Northern California composer Robin Eschner's admiration of musher Susan Butcher has led her to a McKnight grant to compose a song cycle inspired by the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.