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2011 Beargrease race events

Beargrease race eventsSunday, Jan. 30, 2011Free shuttle buses to the race start are 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. from UMD's Maroon Lot W, just off Junction Avenue near College Street. Parking is free. Noon until 1 p.m.: Meet the mushers and their dogs...

Beargrease race events
Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011
Free shuttle buses to the race start are 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. from UMD's Maroon Lot W, just off Junction Avenue near College Street. Parking is free.

  • Noon until 1 p.m.: Meet the mushers and their dogs at the race start just north of Duluth near the athletic field complex at the corner of Jean Duluth and Riley roads ($2 donation at entrance). There will be a warming tent, a sisu sauna and portable toilets available at the starting line.
  • 1 p.m.: Race start
  • 4-9 p.m.: Mushers expected at Two Harbors Checkpoint at Highway 2 north of Two Harbors.
    Wednesday morning
    Estimated marathon race first finishers. Weather
    Parts of the North Shore received close to a foot of new snow from Friday into Saturday.
    Today's forecast for the starting line near Duluth calls for partly sunny skies and highs around 10 degrees. Overnight lows during the race may drop to 10 to 15 degrees below zero.
    Linda Nervick, spokeswoman for the race, said the new snow was welcome.
    "We welcome the snow and we welcome the single-digit temperatures," Nervick said. "Nobody else embraces zero degrees the way we do."

    Race champions
    1980 -- Gary Hokkanen, Buyck, Minn.
    1984 -- Kevin Turnbough, Grand Marais
    1985 -- John Patten, Grand Marais
    1986 -- Robin Jacobson, Squaw Lake, Minn.
    1987 -- Myron Angstman, Bethel, Alaska
    1988 -- Jamie Nelson, Togo, Minn.
    1989 -- Dee Dee Jonrowe, Willow, Alaska
    1990 -- Susan Butcher, Manley, Alaska
    1991 -- Terry Adkins, Sand Coulee, Mont.
    1992 -- Greg Swingley, Simms, Mont.
    1993 -- Greg Swingley
    1994 -- Doug Swingley, Simms, Mont.
    1995 -- Nelson
    1996 -- Doug Swingley
    1997 -- Nelson
    1998 -- Nelson
    1999 -- John Barron, Willow, Alaska
    2000 -- John Barron
    2001 -- Cliff Wang, Ely
    2002 -- Frank Teasley, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
    2003 -- Wang
    2004 -- Blake Freking, Finland
    2005 -- Mark Black, Hovland
    2006 -- Keith Aili, Ray, Minn.
    2007 -- race canceled
    2008 -- Jason Barron, Lincoln, Mont.
    2009 -- Jason Barron
    2010 -- Nathan Schroeder, Chisholm

    Who was John Beargrease?

    John Beargrease was born in 1858 to the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa. He became a legendary dogsledder and intrepid traveler, using those skills to deliver mail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais from 1887 to 1900.

    Beargrease hiked, sailed, rowed and, in the winter, traveled on a modified toboggan loaded with up to 700 pounds of mail and pulled by four dogs.

    Beargrease died in 1910 after contracting pneumonia after rescuing another mail carrier who was caught in high waves on Lake Superior.

    His spirit is honored at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon each year.

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