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Colleen Wallin of Silver Creek Sled Dogs in Two Harbors comes into a checkpoint during last year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Race officials announced the cancellation of this year's race due to a lack of snow. News-Chronicle file photo.

With Beargrease 2012 canceled, mushers, business owners 'bummed'

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A decade ago, Greater Two Harbors kicked off the 2002 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon after a dearth of snow forced race planners to set the starting line about 10 miles north of town instead of its usual spot in Duluth.

This year, organizers gave up hope altogether of finding sufficient snow there or anywhere else along the North Shore trail and scuttled the race for only the second time in its fabled history. The race was also canceled in 2007 due to a lack of snow.

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