John Beargrease gains record-breaking attention over weekend

By KBJR News 1

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The 30th annual Beargrease sled dog race attracted a crowd of more than 2,000 at the starting line despite temperatures sitting in the single digits.

The marathon also saw a record breaking number of people log onto the Beargrease website with nearly 30,000 hits within 24 hours.

Close to 10,000 people logged on to watch the race through the new GPS tracking feature on the website.

Around 6 a.m. this morning Ross Fraboni of Duluth started the final leg of the Beargrease mid-distance race. His friend and teammate, Josh Compton, of Two Harbors was just seven minutes behind him.

Several years of poor winter weather has sometimes pushed back or even cancelled the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. This year's 30th annual race almost wasn't until a new board of directors made the race a reality in only three months.

The snow piled on to give the mushers and their dogs a nice trail to run on. However, the obstacle teams will face this year is the frigid cold. Temperatures Monday and Tuesday morning are expected to reach -25 to -30 degrees.

Track the marathon

Dave Anderson