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It furiously flurried as teams gathered for the 33rd annual installment of the race Sunday morning, but then came the sun just in time for the first musher to head off into the woods. Close one.

Spectators and supporters managed to outnumber the hundreds of dogs that passed the starting line north of Two Harbors as Beargrease got underway. In fact, so many showed up to see off the racers that the start of the marathon was pushed back 15 minutes to make time for another parking lot shuttle run.

Twelve sled dog teams are making the full 373 mile journey to Grand Portage and back to the finish line at Billy’s Bar in Rice Lake, and 18 mushers took off Sunday for the 120 mile mid distance race.

Among the mushers were familiar names, former champions and first timers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Ontario and beyond.

One first place Beargrease finisher from 2015 and 2011 wasn’t out looking for gold again this year, as he has his eyes set on a platinum level race in March: the Iditarod. “That’s the last step,” said Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn. “Not the final step, but a big one.”

The 36 year old is using Beargrease, the longest sled dog race in the lower 48, to train himself and his dogs for the famous 1,000 mile trek across Alaska. (The grandson of the Iditarod’s founder, Ryan Redington, is racing in the Beargrease as well this year.)

Anderson has been mushing for decades, winning races throughout the country along the way. He can thank his dad, who was on hand Sunday, for getting him on a sled in the first place.

“We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years,” said Howie Anderson. “Our other son just raced in the Stage Stop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.”

Ryan Anderson and his wife, Missy a canine neurologist live with and train about 45 huskies and a few other dogs at their AnderTier Racing Kennel.

For the dozen or so dogs getting ready before the race, he poured out a high protein mix of dry dog food and raw meat a mix of beaver, mink, chicken and beef. Just another day on the job.

“Anybody could sacrifice their time to become a musher,” Ryan said. “But not so many people are able to.”
dr martens white boots Beargrease mushers on the move