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

A cacophony of barking - then silence: Beargrease 2020 has begun! (slideshow)

Credit ©Lisa Johnson

The 36th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon has hit the trail!

Join us Monday morning at 8:00 as Beargrease champ and KUMD race reporter John Stetson brings us up-to-the-moment news from the trail!

Here's the skinny so far on Beargrease 2020:

Beargrease champ Keith Aili sold his dogs to Ryan Redington last year, but he's back on the trail with a team from Redington's Callin' Trail Kennel.

Blake and Jennifer Freking (Beargrease 2019 #1 and #2 place finishers, respectively) are back again this year.

Ryan Redington's dogs famously sat out on him last year; what's he done over the last year to overcome that?

Credit ©Lisa Johnson
Blowhole with Jason Rice last year. Blowhole developed his reputation allegedly due to an impudent attitude with the news media

THIS JUST IN: Blowhole will not be running the marathon this year, but he will be competing in the UP 200.  Blowhole's reputation began to tank after an unfortunate brake line incident two years ago, but he has ardent defenders on Twitter, including The Blowhole Innocence Project and Blowhole News.

Ryan Anderson narrowly missed his chance two years ago to tie Jamie Nelson and Nathan Schroeder's record of four marathon wins. He ran - and won - the half marathon last year.

Nathan Schroeder is back again; he, too, took last year off to find a way to race with four herniated discs in his back.

It's a family affair for several mushers; Colleen Wallin is racing the marathon and her son, Ero Wallin, is racing in the Beargrease Mid-Distance Jr.

Martha Schouweiler's newly-minted daughter-in-law, Erin (she and Martha's son, Chad, married right after the Beargrease last year), is racing the mid-distance and Martha herself is racing the Beargrease 40.

Also competing in the Beargrease 40 is Morgan McClelland; her father, Peter, will once again be racing the full marathon.

Credit ©Lisa Johnson
Beargrease 2020 Marathon mushers

Top row (l to r)

Bib 2 Blake Freking, Bib 3 Liza Dietzen, Bib 4 Ryan Redington, Bib 5 Martin Massicote

Second row:

Bib 6 Keith Aili, Bib 7 Jen Freking, Bib 8 Kevin Mathis, Bib 9 John Fisher

Third row:

Bib 10 Peter McClelland, Bib 11 Laura Neese, Bib 12 Ryan Anderson, Bib 13 Nathan Schroeder

Last row:

Bib 14 Jay Foucher, Bib 15 Colleen Wallin

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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