Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race

January 6, 2024

 65 Mile Race  10-dog Teams

For the safety of mushers and dogs, we are only able to host a maximum of 15 teams this year and will have a 10-dog race with two 32.5 mile legs. Please keep in mind that this is a wilderness race early in the season.  Every effort is made to prepare a trouble-free trail.  However, we have experienced white-outs and water on our trail, as well as extreme temperatures.  We strongly encourage you to consider your readiness for this kind of race.

Registration will open NOVEMBER 1st at NOON.  Registration information can be found here.









Following the Trails of Our Past

The very northeastern tip of Minnesota is Cook County, a land blessed with stunning beauty. We have Gichigami. And glacially sculpted boreal forests. And an immense network of lakes and streams. And cold weather. And snow. We are blessed with cold weather and snow here. It is in this land of remote beauty that dog sledding became a way of life. And it is this way of life that we celebrate with the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race.  The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover.  Come visit us in Cook County, Minnesota to experience this spectacular race.


The North Shore, Cook County and an historic sled dog race… what better way to spend an authentic Northern Minnesota weekend. Look at a map of Cook County and you see the communities of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder. You see Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. You see the legendary Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the majestic north shore of Lake Superior. You see magnificent state parks and the Sawtooth Mountain range. You see the Superior Hiking Trail as it winds along its 300+ mile path from Duluth to the Canadian border. You can even see Minnesota’s tallest mountain peaks and highest waterfall.  Now, very slowly, put down that map. Heck, you can even tear it up if you want. Because a map can never let you experience the beauty and adventures waiting here for you in Cook County.


It takes a lot of work and money to keep the tradition of sled dog racing alive here on the North Shore. Please consider a donation to the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog race.