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The only other time the race was canceled was in 2007, although it was postponed and least once and its start was moved at least twice -- once to near Two Harbors and once to Grand Portage. (2011 file / News Tribune)

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon canceled due to lack of snow

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For only the second time in its history, a lack of snow has forced the cancellation of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

The race's board of directors decided to cancel the race Sunday evening, two weeks before its scheduled Jan. 29 start, and announced the decision today.


"With the safety of the mushers, dogs and many volunteers at the forefront of the board's minds, poor snow conditions will not allow the race to be safely run," according to a news release.

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