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The 2021 Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is CANCELLED

January 9

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Gunflint Mail Run
12/19/2020 Facebook Post from event organizers: 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.


The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race

The very northeastern tip of Minnesota is Cook County, a land blessed with stunning beauty. We have Gichigami, glacially sculpted boreal forests, an immense network of lakes and streams plus 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 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.



This video was produced by Patrick Knight in team with Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply talking about how and why the Gunflint Mail Run started:


Trail Center Lodge
7611 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States
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