Minn. Beargrease sled dog race back on for ’14 22 Oct 13

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is back on in northern Minnesota next year.

Last week race organizers announced they were canceling the event scheduled for January 2014, to re-evaluate interest in the marathon and raise more money.

But Beargrease board Vice President Geoff Vukelich tells WDIO-TV the race is on again after a leadership change.

Vukelich stepped down at Monday night’s board meeting. Tone (TOH’-nee) Coughlin, with the NorthShore Inline Marathon, will serve as the interim president.

Vukelich, who had been on the board for a decade, says he doesn’t care who runs the race. He says the important thing is that it’s going to happen.

The nearly 400-mile sled dog marathon is run along the north shore of Lake Superior.