The Gunflint Mail Run Board has approved running a smaller version of the Gunflint Mail Run Dog Sled Race on January 9, 2021.
We will run the 65 mile 8-dog race only this year, following the course and rules of the 8-dog race from past years.
The race will be capped at 20 8-dog teams with entry by lottery. Click here for more info on the lottery.
Water will be available for mushers.
Due to current business conditions, we will unfortunately not be able to guarantee a purse this year.
NOTE: NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE RACE START. Trail Center (including bathrooms!) will be closed to the public. Spectators are encouraged to view the race along the course.
** ALL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AT THE TIME OF THE RACE WILL BE FOLLOWED **
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.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING
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.