BARC Members from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin, work to provide communication resources through Amateur Radio for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. We provide communications along race from several different points. BARC is always looking for people that are interested in assisting with the race. While membership is not required to participate with the race, it is encouraged. Our membership dues go to help support the repeater systems we use during the race.
2018 Beargrease Dates
January 28th – January 31st
For more up to date information about volunteering you can please visit our forum page or use the contact form on the contact page.
BARC volunteers setup at checkpoints, road crossings, as well as the start and finish lines. BARC is responsible for the primary health and safety communications for the race.
Established in 1980, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. World class mushers including Susan Butcher, Jamie Nelson, John and Jason Baron have competed in the nearly 400 mile event – facing off against other seasoned competitors as well as the extremes of northern Minnesota weather and the deceivingly rugged terrain of the trail. The “Beargrease” is a qualifier for the famed Iditarod race in Alaska.
A Special Thanks to Randy Haglin
BARC would like to extend a special thank you to Randy Haglin who has spent many hours working on the LSAC repeater system that has provided the primary communications for the race.