Iditarod versus Beargrease

By KBJR News 1

Iditarod versus Beargrease

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) – It is down to the final stretch for Duluth’s 30th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The marathon begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s starting line is at East High School on 40th Ave. E and Superior St. in Duluth.

Dan Seavey, the pioneer and patriarch of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska, is a special guest for this year’s Beargrease events. He compares the Iditarod to the Beargrease.

“The Iditarod’s longer. Beargrease is harder. Probably the grand daddy and giant among mid distance races,” Seavey said.

Seavey has just released a new book called “The First Great Race: Alaska's 1973 Iditarod” which shares his experiences racing in the first ever Iditarod race.

The next Iditarod is set for the first Saturday in March. Seavey's son and grandson will be racing.

His son Mitch is the reigning Iditarod champion. Grandson Dallas was the youngest ever champion in 2012.

Ramona Marozas