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John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

January 30 - February 2

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The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2022

Experience the premier long-distance sled dog race of the lower 48 states. For over 40 years, the Minnesota’s North Shore comes alive with the excitement of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon race, which celebrates and honors the spirit of John Beargrease and brings thousands of worldwide spectators and hundreds of mushers from across the nation.

The series features several races, including the longest sled dog marathon in the lower 48 states, each race requiring mushers to fend off Minnesota’s extreme winter weather and rugged terrain. Join us for the 2022 event, kicking off on January 30, from the comfort of your own home or in person!

Watching the Beargrease doesn’t require dress shoes, fancy clothes, makeup, or showers (we’re only half-joking). Watching the race or volunteering involves spending hours outside in the versatile Northern Minnesota elements — will it be cold? Yep, probably.

But one thing is for sure, the Beargrease is addictive.  From the first distinctive howl of an excited lead dog to the sleepy canine athlete nuzzled in their bed of straw–these 4-legged-athletes steal your hearts.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, come and witness the Beargrease, you will be hooked.


Estimated Checkpoint Times in Cook County, MN

Times listed are estimates only. Weather, trail conditions and musher strategy will impact the actual times.

Sawbill (Mandatory 4 hour layover + differential) – First In 3:00 AM | Monday, Jan. 31
Sawbill – Last Out 11:12AM | Monday, Jan. 31

Trail Center – First In 12:00 PM | Monday, Jan. 31
Trail Center – Last Out 9:00 AM | Monday, Jan. 31

Skyport- First In 8:30 PM | Monday, Jan. 31
Skyport – Last Out 7:30 AM | Tuesday, Feb. 1

Mineral Center (Mandatory 4 hour layover)– First In 6:30 AM | Tuesday, Feb. 1
Mineral Center – Last Out 3:30 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 1

Grand Portage-First In 5:24 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 1
Grand Portage – Last In 10:00 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 1

See more info on estimated checkpoint times.


Stay and play all week long to enjoy the Beargrease. Take a peek at local lodging options here!


January 30
February 2
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