Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Schedule

By KBJR Manager

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Schedule

December 6, 2010 Updated Dec 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The 28th Running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon events will take place Jan 28th thru Feb 3th, 2011.

Beargrease will provide free busing from UMD’s Maroon lot W from 10am until 4pm on race day, Jan 30th.

Beargrease checkpoints are uniquely accessible to the public.

Beargrease fans can drive to the checkpoints to experience the race excitement around the clock at the Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, Finland, Sawbill, Trail Center, Gunflint Trail and Devil Track Lodge checkpoints throughout the race. Billy’s in Duluth hosts the finish and Red Lantern Party.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest running race in the lower 48 states. The 390 mile course of rugged, awesome scenery winds its way up the North Shore of Lake Superior and into the primal wilderness along the Canadian border. This race commemorates the courage and endurance of John Beargrease, the intrepid Chippewa dog-driver who carried the U.S. mail to outposts along the North Shore of Lake Superior in the late 1800’s.

2011 Beargrease Events

Friday, Jan 28th - AM

Mini Sled Dog Race - 95 KQDS


Beargrease Gala Dinner & Silent Auction

The Inn on Lake Superior - Canal Park, Duluth

Presentation by Jeff King, 4x Iditarod Champion & The most winning musher in the world

Gourmet Dinner by Savories, Desserts by Patty Cake Shop

Fines Wines by Jack London's Wineries & Kenwood Wineries

$75 - Reservations by 1/25/09

Saturday, Jan 29th

7am - Noon

Vet Checks

Grandma's Sports Garden, Canal Park - Duluth

12 - 2pm

Cutest Puppy Contest

Fitgers - Duluth

2 - 6pm

Beargrease Photo Show

Great Lakes Aquarium - Duluth


Opening Ceremonies & Musher’s Bib Draw

Depot & Northshore Railroad Museum - Duluth

Music by Inukshuk Pass

Eastman Johnson Ojibwe Art Exhibit - Opening Night

Pipe and Drum Ceremony

Grandma’s Pasta Bar Dinner $15

Sunday, Jan 30th

RACE DAY - Duluth

Jean Duluth & Riley Roads

***Bus Transportation from UMD will be running from 10am til 4pm***

12 - 1pm - Meet the Mushers

1 - 3pm - RACE START

$2 Donation

Johnsonville Brats & Concessions

Visit Billy's - Serving Food All Day


Checkpoint ACTION

Sunday, Jan 30th

4-9pm - Two Harbors Checkpoint - North on Hwy 2

Dixie Restaurant for Dinner

Two Harbors Restaurants & Lodging

Monday, Jan 31st

Midnight-4am - Beaver Bay Checkpoint for Marathon

Midnight-4am - Finland Checkpoint for Mid Distance

Silver Bay, Tofte & North Shore Lodging

6am-Noon - AmericInn, Tofte

Mid-Distance Finish

Bluefin Bay, Coho and North Shore Restaurants


6am-2pm - Sawbill Trail Checkpoint

Winter Camping, Cooking and Photography Demonstrations

4-7pm - Tofte

Mid Distance Awards Banquet

Music by Inukshuk Pass

Evening thru Late night

Trail Center Checkpoint - Gunflint Trail

Trail Center Restaurant

Gunflint Trail & Grand Marais Restaurants & Lodging

Tuesday, Feb 1st

All Morning - Devil Track Lodge - Gunflint Trail

Devil Track Restaurant & Lodging

Afternoon thru Evening

Sawbill Trail, Finland and Two Harbors

North Shore Restaurants and Lodging

Duluth Restaurants & Lodging

Wednesday, Feb 2nd


Billy's - ALL DAY

Duluth Restaurants & Lodging

Evening - Red Lantern Party - Music by Inukshuk Pass

Thursday, Feb 3rd

Marathon Musher's Awards Luncheon

Holiday Inn - Downtown, Duluth

$20 per person