If you want to see some very happy dogs, you must go to a sled dog race to catch these amazing athletes in action.
This weekend I headed up north to Two Harbors, MN to watch the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon start. At 373 miles up the Northshore the marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states and a qualifier for the Iditarod in Alaska.
Sled dog running is rich with history. This particular race is based on the route John Beargrease made to deliver the mail with his dog team for almost 20 years, between 1879 and 1899.
Visit the official website for more information on the race and its namesake.
It was a beautiful day for a race. These pups (and their owners) could not be more excited to take on this ultra-marathon distance and the many shorter events.
Here is a small selection of some of my favorite shots from the day. Fun fact: the adorable booties are to protect their feet from debris that might be on the trail.
You can watch the sled teams progress/results via GPS on the official website.
It was great to learn that I could take up the sport with just a couple dogs. That gives me hope I will be able to do this myself someday (on a smaller scale) with some dogs of my own.
I mean just look at those happy faces!