2018 Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race Results
Alaskan and Minnesotan lead 12-dog race, two women lead 8-dog race
Cook County, Minn. – Jan. 7, 2018 – The Gunflint Mail Run kicked off the start of the dog-sled racing season in Cook County yesterday. The original event, which is a 12-dog, 100-mile race included two runs, approximately 50 miles each, over a two-day stretch, and an eight-dog shorter and faster race (65 miles).
The race started and finished at Trail Center Lodge, 7611 Gunflint Trail, on Poplar Lake, Grand Marais, Minn. (Trail Center Lodge is approximately 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail). See www.GunflintMailRun.com and https://www.facebook.com/GunflintMailRun/ for more details.
Here are the winners of the 2018 Gunflint Mail Run:
Video from the 2018 Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race:
2018 Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race. VIDEO “Ryan Redington and his sled dog team enjoying the race.”
Video courtesy of Andy DeLisi at Big Bear Lodge.
2018 Gunflint Mail Run Race Start – VIDEO “12-dog race winner Ryan Redington’s (#7) starts the race Saturday morning. Ryan is racing in the Alaskan Iditarod this year.”
Video courtesy of Jack Stone of Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply in Grand Marais.
Next up: John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Jan. 29
Dog sled racing fans can also look forward to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 28 – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2018. This is the longest dog sled race in the lower 48 states and is a qualifier for the famed “Iditarod” in Alaska. Over 60 world-class mushers are expected at this year’s race, vying for cash prizes totaling $20,000. The races will traverse the Sawtooth Mountains in Cook County, going as far north as Gunflint Lake near the Canadian border. For a spectators’ map, visit https://beargrease.com/driving-directions/
The Beargrease marathon will start just outside of Two Harbors, then head to Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail and back, while the shorter, mid-distance race goes one-way on the route. The marathon typically takes three days to complete. Close to 500 volunteers from around the country come together each winter to support the event. For more race details, visit beargrease.com.
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