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Jan 29, 2017 was the start of the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.  Established in 1980, this is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers have competed in the nearly 400 mile event which is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska. 

This marathon is a celebration of John Beargrease who delivered the mail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais by dog sled in the winter, over 100 years ago. Each sled in this race actually carries a bundle of official U.S. mail. Each musher is sworn in as an official U.S. mail carrier, and takes the letters to a post office at the end of the trail.

It was a blast being a spectator of this event.  I loved watching the excitement of the dogs and the mushers as they head out on their long, grueling journey.  

Here are some of my favorite images.  You can see them all at John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2017.

And there off!

John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017

John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017

John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017

John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017 John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017

John Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonJohn Beargrease Sled Dog MarathonStarted in Two Harbors, MN on Jan 29, 2017


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