John Beargrease Sled Dog Race To Be Cancelled?

Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 7:00 am

A 1999 Pine City High School graduate named Ryan Anderson won the 2011 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, but Anderson may not have a chance to defend his crown even if he wanted to.

It is looking bleak for this year’s Beargrease Sled Dog Race as the lack of snow is a real problem. Officials say if things don’t look whiter by next Monday the race could be shortened, postponed or worse canceled.

The Beargrease has only been canceled once in its nearly 30 year history, but the lack of snow in 2012 is threatening cancel the race once again.

Race organizers are saying that right now about 35 percent of the Beargrease trails are covered with enough pack to race.

Officials will test the trail this weekend and announce their decision next Monday.

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