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International Crews Arrive for Beargrease

Baihly Warfield
Updated: January 22, 2020 06:28 PM

As preparations get down to the wire for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, international crews have begun to arrive. 

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The Beargrease is the first in a series of four races around the world, which also includes stops in Norway, Russia, and Alaska. 

On Wednesday, a duo from France and Norway were in town to get an upgraded GPS tracking system up and running. 

This will be a historic year for the Beargrease, putting the race, the sport and the North Shore into the international limelight through live broadcasts. 

"This is a TV platform where we are actually distributing the John Beargrease race to over 100 countries," Nils Otterstad, a project manager for the Qrill Pet Arctic World Series, said.

He said that so far, none of the broadcasters they've approached have turned them down. 

"Our challenge is really to show the sport and to really get to show the values of this sport, the bond between man and the dogs, but also in the beautiful settings," Otterstad said. 

On the Beargrease organizers' part, they say this is elevating the race in a way they could not have done on their own. 

"They're using a lot of local talent, a lot of local production. So it's nice to be able to have kind of this economic boost that's coming along with it, hopefully helping the tourism industry as well," Beargrease spokesperson Monica Hendrickson said. 

The series is sponsored by Qrill Pet, a pet food company. They say the overall goal is to showcase the sport of dog mushing and how the mushers take care of their dogs.

WDIO will provide up-to-the-minute race coverage online and during news broadcasts. Find all our exclusive John Beargrease coverage here. 

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