Beargrease Leaders Leave Sawbill

Posted at: 03/11/2013 2:49 PM
Updated at: 03/11/2013 5:00 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

Duluth, Minn. - More than three dozen mushers took off from the Beargrease starting line on Sunday. Mushers arrived at the highway two checkpoint in Two Harbors around mid-afternoon.

The Marathoners will trek 373 miles with mandatory rest periods along the way. A fresh dumping of snow fell on the Northland on Saturday and one musher says the extra powder could be a challenge for her team.

"I think it is a little deep right now and my dogs prefer a more hard-hard packed trail because we are used to that, but the snowmobiles have been on, so we'll see. I think the trail is set up more at night, so I plan on taking less rest at the first stop and more at the second checkpoint and usually by three hours, they are screaming to go, so they (dogs) are done resting and they kind of tell me when they are ready to go," says fifth year musher Maggie Heilmann.

You can follow the race at the official John Beargrease Website.