Beargrease Sled Dog Race implements new GPS technology

By KBJR News 1

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For the first time in its thirty year history, fans of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will be able to follow the progress of their favorite mushers from their own home computer.

All teams taking part in the race will be equipped with G-P-S technology tracking their every move along the 374 mile course.

Fans will be able to track the race live, but it also adds a new element of safety for the dogs and mushers as organizers will know where they are around the clock.

Preliminary costs for implementing the technology is $1,000.

The President of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race says it will get fans involved in the race.

"It was just time for the Beargrease to step up in the technology realm and kind of offer our fans, the people who like this race a better way of tracking it and following along with their favorite musher," said Jason Rice, President of the Beargrease Sled Dog Race.

The race kicks off Sunday, January 26th.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati