After much consideration, we are regretfully cancelling the 2021 running of the Gunflint Mail Run.

We do not make this decision lightly, but feel that it is the best option to keep our hosts, volunteers, community and participants safe during the height of this pandemic. GMR draws volunteers, mushers and spectators from around the country. While we normally love to have everyone join us on the Gunflint Trail, we do not feel that the benefits of holding the race outweigh the risk to those traveling to the area or to those living in the area. This race was always meant to be a fun event, and we won’t be having fun if we all have to worry about keeping ourselves distant.

Postponing the race until 2022 will also eliminate the anticipated nail biting as we wait for a snowfall that would allow mushers to race on sleds rather than turning it into a dryland race! In addition to everything else this year, snow has been almost nonexistent.

We know you are disappointed to have the race canceled – so is everyone on the GMR board. But while we can’t see you and your team next month, we will hope to see you January 2022 when the Mail Run comes back stronger than ever.


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.