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Mike Keyport, great-grandson of John Beargrease, reads a short eulogy about Beargrease at his gravesite in Beaver Bay as mushers Matt Rossi (center) of Herbster, Wis., and Matt Carstens from Whitefield, N.H., listen and pay homage. Photo by Bob King

Mushers honor Beargrease after completing marathon's first leg

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BEAVER BAY -- Beneath a starry sky, frosty mushers paid tribute late Sunday and early this morning to John Beargrease at his gravesite after completing the opening 76-mile leg of the sled dog marathon named in his honor.

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