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A smiling Collin Wallin gives a fist pump to the audience at the start of the 2013 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Steve Kuchera /

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon canceled

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Pat Olson called the decision "sad" but necessary. The race director announced Thursday that January's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon races have been cancelled.


Olson said organizers need more money and a revived spirit, and they hope taking a year off can do it.

"We need to take time to regroup," she said.

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