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Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2011 has a winner!

In what has to be the closest margin in Beargrease Marathon history, Ryan Anderson from Ray, MN crossed the finish line at approximately 9:28 this morning at Billy’s on Tischer Road. Following less than one minute behind him was last year’s winner from Chisholm, MN, Nathan Shroeder. Total time on trail for Anderson was 39 hours and 51 minutes, for an average speed of 9.4 miles and hour.

Apparently, Shroeder and Anderson dueled all the way south along the shore on the downbound leg. As they approached Duluth and the road crossings became more numerous Shroeder’s dogs became entangled and Anderson was able to get and keep the lead into the finish line.

Both racer’s appeared weary at the end of the race, however, Shroeder congratulated Anderson, and the mushers embraced in the finish area.

As I write there are still teams on trail and you can track their progress at beargrease.com. Additionally, you can join the party at Billy’s tonight starting at 6:00 pm and help wind up a great 2011 race.

Congratulations to Ryan Anderson, his team of dogs, and all the mushers and dog teams who competed in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2011.

See you in 2012.

Photo: Brad Putney, 2011 True North Photography

Post By: Brad Putney - Captain Brad Putney considers himself an inland waters guru, having been at the helm of everything from a ten foot inflatable to an America’s Cup yacht. In the summer the Captain works as an outfitter in Ely and is presently a sales associate at Duluth Pack in Canal Park.

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John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon 2011

Controlled chaos. This was my first thought when I went to photograph a sled dog race several years ago. Once the dogs are harnessed to the sled they are ready to race and there is so much energy as yet to be focused. Given the command to go all the barking ceases, and the nervous energy is focused on the task at hand. That task being to get their team over the long course as quickly as possible.

You have the chance to witness this phenomenon as the 2011 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon kicks off next weekend. Here is a rundown of the events:

January 28  Gala dinner and silent auction at the Inn on Lake Superior in Canal Park. Iditarod winner, Jeff King will be the guest speaker for the event.

January 29  Cutest puppy contest at the Fitgers complex from noon to 2:00 p.m.

January 29 From 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. there will be a Beargrease photographers show at the Great Lakes Aquarium

January 30  Meet the mushers from noon until 1:00 p.m. Shuttle buses will carry those interested from UMD to Jean Duluth Road and Riley Road.

January 30  Race start, same program as above, the first team is scheduled to leave at approximately 1:00 p.m.

February 2  Finish line at Billy’s. The winner should be in sometime late Wednesday morning. You may track the teams at www.beargrease.com.

You may also watch the race from select spots along the course, please use the link above to find the best spots to watch the race and cheer on the dogs and mushers as they race up the shore, or down-bound as they make their way to Billy’s.

**Duluth Pack will be at the Sawbill Checkpoint on Monday, stop by and say hi!

Best of luck to all the teams. Stay safe and stay warm.

By: Brad Putney - Captain Brad Putney considers himself an inland waters guru, having been at the helm of everything from a ten foot inflatable to an America’s Cup yacht. In the summer the Captain works as an outfitter in Ely and is presently a sales associate at Duluth Pack in Canal Park.