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Organizers cancel annual Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

A dog sledding team.
Jeff Keacher via Flickr
A dog sledding team.

This Iditarod-qualifying race will be postponed until January 2025.

DULUTH — This winter’s unpredictable and warm weather is forcing the cancellation of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Organizers announced Tuesday night that the marathon’s board of directors made the decision to postpone the 40th annual event to next January.

Concerns over trail conditions and the safety of the dogs, mushers and volunteers drove the decision after the organization said it waited months for the weather to cooperate.

The race was not rescheduled this winter to avoid conflict with other sled dog races.

The 300-mile marathon race running from Duluth to Grand Portage is a qualifier for the Iditarod in Alaska and was set to begin Jan. 26.

Nearly 70 mushers were registered for the marathon and the shorter races this year.

Several fundraising events are still planned along with the Beargrease Art Show at Tettegouche State Park and the cutest puppy contest.