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JOHN BEARGREASE SLED DOG MARATHON

Blake and Jennifer Freking currently have 62 Siberian huskies, including 12 new puppies.
The 300-mile race will begin in Duluth on Sunday and end in Grand Portage on Tuesday.
Alaska musher beat her ex-husband by just 7 seconds to become the first woman to win the marathon since 1998.
A higher-than-usual number of racers are from outside Minnesota this year, including one from Jamaica.

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Beargrease volunteers help keep the race alive, said Carmen Schempp, board president.
Ero Wallin grew to love dog sledding in a natural way, says his mother, Colleen, who will be racing in the Beargrease field right along with him.
Mary Manning may be the only warden in the continental U.S. who patrols by dog sled.
Lack of snow, warm weather have left trails in less than optimal condition.
The sled dog sled race's Duluth staging area drew hundreds of people to see the competitors off.
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. — On a day when most schools closed and public health officials warned Minnesotans not to venture outside, eight hardy souls lead teams of sled dogs across the forests of Cook County, braving subzero temperatures and a 45 below windchill.

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DULUTH -- No matter where the spectators were from as they gathered Sunday, Jan. 27, for the start of this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the comments were so very Minnesotan.
DULUTH--A grin on his face and a GoPro camera in his hand to capture the moment, musher Ryan Redington pulled to a stop at the finish line and casually asked the crowd, "How are you guys?"...
RICE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm won the 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on Wednesday, arriving at the finish line in Rice Lake Township at 1:19 p.m. His closest competitor, Keith Aili of Ray, was about two hours b...

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