Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race
Grand Portage - Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
The second annual three stage sled dog race runs from Grand Portage to the Gunflint Trail then Gunflint Trail to Grand Marais and from Grand Marais returns to Grand Portage.
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has guaranteed a cash prize purse. After each leg of the race, a dinner will be held, allowing the communities to show hospitality and meet the mushers.
The first of these three stages starts in Grand Portage at 9:00am on Sunday, January 5th in Grand Portage.
“We were pleased to attract so many competitive kennels for the first running of this race in 2013, the professional level of the teams promise some exciting races!” says Race Director Beth Drost about the field of mushers.
The spectator-friendly event will have a 30-team limit.
The Kick-off banquet in Grand Portage is Saturday evening, January 4, 2014.
Meet the mushers and learn a little of the local history of mushing at the dinner banquet each night starting at 6:00 p.m. For a complete race week schedule of events with times and locations, visit the race website at www.gichigamiexpress.com. Race Director is Beth Drost at 218-475-2791.
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The use of the word “Express” in the race name is a reference to the area’s 18th century fur-trading history. The North West Company employed teams of dogs to carry information, mail and news from interior fur posts to the Agents in Montreal. It was called the “Winter Express.”
The race will celebrate the history and culture of mushing in Cook County, and the three communities (Grand Portage, Gunflint Trail and Grand Marais) each have their own histories in sled dogs, which will be highlighted.
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