Thirty mushers and 420 dogs are hitting Minnesota trails in a rebooted John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon that offers new features to make it easier for fans to follow along. Sunday’s Beargrease is the longest dog sled race in the Lower 48 states and is a qualifier for Alaska’s famed Iditarod.
In the simple beauty of the winter woods is heard a chorus of canines. Sharp barks and harmonious howls signal a kennel of sled dogs nearby and ready to run.
A well-known Minnesota musher is devastated following a race accident that claimed the life of one of his dogs, and left two others badly injured.
The rewards of their hard work come in a bowl of food and water. You might call it an example of, “canine activism.”