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Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon will go on without spectators

Jan 02, 2021 06:05AM ● By Editor
Photo: KBJR-TV

By Natalie Grant of KBJR-TV - January 1, 2020

The annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is just under a month away, but this year there will be changes on how fans are able to cheer on their favorite team.

The event that usually draws thousands will go on without spectators this year due to state COVID guidelines.

Monica Hendrickson, Beargrease spokesperson said safety is their number one priority.

"Everything is different and we're rolling with the punches and the number one thing is just we want to get this race off the ground and be able to say we did it and did it safely," said Hendrickson.

This year will be 18-year-old Ero Wallin's first year racing in the full marathon after watching his parents his whole life.

"It's definitely fun seeing people at checkpoints or at the race just knowing that you're supported at the race and knowing they want to see you succeed," said Wallin.

He said it will be strange without the crowds, but overall, he is just excited to start building a legacy of his own.

"When I was younger, I had to go to all the races with my parents, and all the guys I'll be racing with I used to see when my parents were racing when I was just a little kid. Now it's pretty cool I'll be right there with him," Wallin.

No matter the unusual challenges this year might bring, the teams are ready to hit the trails in just a few weeks.

"It's a testament to how strong these mushers are and how strong their teams are and how versatile they are," said Hendrickson.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts January 31st.

If you would like to follow along this year virtually, click here.

To watch a video version of this report and see related articles, follow this link to the KBJR-TV website.

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