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Join us for coverage of the 2023 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Ready, Get Set, Mush

Lisa Johnson

The 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has begun.  With double-digit negative temperatures, crowds of spectators, mushers, dogs and all the Beargrease organizers and volunteers have gathered at Billy's Bar.  The 2019 race begins at noon, Sunday Jan. 27 with Northland Morning host Lisa Johnson reporting live from Meet the Mushers just down the Way at East End Auto and from the Start at Billy's Bar. She recommends bundling up and taking the shuttle. 

Full Marathon racers leave first, then the 120 category and finally the Beagrease 40.  Shuttles run until 4pm today from the UMD lot W, on College Street.

Listen every day throughout the race, at 8:00am, 11am & 2pm for live KUMD Beargrease reports.

Beargrease Race Start info

Former Program Director, Maija Jenson teaches journalism in the Department of Communication at UMD and was a part of KUMD 2008-2019. She hosted a weekly arts program "Radio Gallery." She shares a lifetime of public radio listening, degrees in journalism and art and 20 years of public radio experience with KFAI, WHA, WSUM and KUMD.