for registration for the 2023 Gunflint Mail Run on November 1st!

Look for registration info here on November 1st.



Matt Schmidt 12-dog race winner


Erin Altemus 8-dog race winner


 Full race results can be found here

We had some challenging times trying to decide what to do when an ice bridge broke on the trail leaving anywhere from a foot to several feet of deep running water. Mushers were “piling up” at the water and a decision had to be made in a hurry. With a lot of musher input, the judges decided to continue the race through the water. It is a wilderness race after all.

As one musher said to the race marshal, “thank you for your decision to allow the mushers to be mushers…”

A huge thank you goes out to the mushers who helped their fellow mushers through the water!!

We are so proud of all the mushers – those who braved the water and those who made the brave decision to scratch for the good of their teams.

Congratulations to everyone for another great Gunflint Mail Run!





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. There are two classes in the race: a 12-dog, 100-mile race and an 8-dog, 65-mile race. 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.