Mimmu Salmela, Christine Dean and Binner Rahn get the KUMD banner up at the race start
This stretchy girl has a pink mark on her flank to show she has been vet-checked ... and an orange mark on her forehead to signify she's not going to race today
sled dogs need hugs, too
This pretty girl stood up to let me give her hugs ... then stacked up beautifully so I could take her portrait!!
This is Matt Rossi's rig. Go UMD!
I love these eyes -- and that's not a spiked collar -- it's an icy chin!!
Lisa Johnson, Vicki Jacoba, Christine Dean and Mimmu Salmela brave the cold to hang with Beargrease fans
Now THIS is the way to enjoy the Beargrease! This spoiled rotten Rottie got to sleep inside the warm truck cab while the brothers and sisters ran the race!
A little ointment on the paws before taking off
Although she said this could be ANYONE in a parka and sunglasses, it could ONLY be Binner Rahn!
Jason Barron is trying for his third straight win of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon this year
Jason Barron's team heads out
Martin Koenig of Seeley, Montana and his team take the trail
Mat Rossi and team
Former Duluthian Mark Black and his team
"Guys! Hey guys!"
"Guys! Let's go! Wanna go?!"
"Guys! Hey, let's go, guys!"
"We almost ready to go?"
"C'mon you guys - let's go!"
"Are you almost ready?"
"What? Did someone say 'go'?!!"
"Hey, I wanna go! Can we go?!"
"Guys, let's go!"
"I can't wait to go!"
and they go!
Rick Larson and team of Sand Coulee, Montana
Four-time Beargrease winner Jamie Nelson
Jamie has brought a team of young dogs this year that have never raced
What a great license plate!