Duluth’s Sled Dog Marathon in 18 Photos

Sidewalk Dog took a visit up to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon this year and learned some truly amazing stuff. But we also saw some seriously amazing stuff (because surprise! there’s more to the opening weekend than the sled race itself), and we want to show you some of our favorites.

The Cub Run. Yup, it’s the world’s cutest sled race for tiny humans.

Photo: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Facebook Page

Photo: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Facebook Page

Cutest Puppy Contest. What more do you need to know? Cute puppies compete to be named the cutest of all the puppies. Spectators get to wander around and meet/pet/fall in love with all the contestants.

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

The Cutest Puppy of 2015: Rylee, the four-month-old Mini Australian Shepherd.
(Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause)

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Honorable Mention: Princess Feona, the adorable English Bulldog
(Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause)

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Meeting puppies made us hungry (no, not for puppies). Luckily, Fitgers has a brewhouse right down the hall from the contest. YUM. (Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause)

Photo Gallery. Stay warm at the indoor photo gallery, which contains a stunning display of photos from the previous year’s race. Our favorite photo? A close-up of a musher, furry hood up, icicles in his frozen beard.

Photo: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Facebook Page

Photo: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Facebook Page

Opening Ceremony. Meet mushers, the families of mushers, and just generally have a fantastic time meeting dog-lovers and your fellow Minnesotans. Watch the mushers be sworn in as mail carriers, enjoy a drum circle, and listen to John Beargrease’s great-grandson speak.

Photo: SWD

Photo: SWD

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Drum circle in action! (Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause)

John Beargrease's great grandson speaks at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: SWD

John Beargrease’s great grandson speaks at the Opening Ceremony.
Photo: SWD

Dog-friendly Lodging. We stayed at Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors for the festivities, where some of their cabins welcome dogs of ALL BREEDS and sizes. Which is pretty freaking amazing. We were sans dog this trip, but we still give it two paws way up. (Bonus video to show you more — including a gorgeous pup!)

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Meet the Mushers (and their pups). Walk among the musher’s parked trucks and trailers for a couple of hours to meet them, their dogs, and their families. It’s a great way to meet the teams you’ll be rooting for over the next few days! Plus, you can warm up at the bonfire.

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Teenage Musher, Kayla Borntrager, spends quality time with her dogs before the big race.
(Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause)

Watch from the starting line. Go line up at the starting line, be deafened by dogs excited to get their run on, and watch teams take off in two-minute intervals. Go, dog, go!

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

Photo: Liam McGinnis Krause

 

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