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Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race Underway

Cook County News Herald 1/4/14

And they’re off! The Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race started this morning, Saturday, January 4 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Fourteen mushers are on their way to Hungry Jack Lake for the end of the first stage of the race. Teams are expected to arrive starting at 1 p.m. Mushers are competing for a guaranteed $25,000 race purse.

The Gichigami Express is a three-day stage race. The first stage is 60 miles through the wilderness from Grand Portage to Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail. This evening there will be a banquet at Gunflint Lodge with stories of the history of mushing on the Gunflint Trail.

The second stage will start Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at Trail Center Lodge where a hearty breakfast will be available to everyone. Teams will travel approximately 60 miles following a trail that will end at The Landing at Devil Track. Teams are expected in around 1 p.m. That evening a banquet will be hosted by the American Legion Post 413 downtown Grand Marais at 6 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.

The final stage starts Monday, January 6 at 9 a.m. at Devil Track Resort with mushers heading back to Grand Portage. Mushers should be arriving at 12:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. the event wraps up with an Awards Banquet, at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Cost is $15 with a cash bar before and after banquet. No alcohol served or allowed at the banquet. Call Grand Portage Lodge for tickets at (800) 543-1384. Mushers and handlers will be at all of the breakfasts and banquets – it’s a great time to learn about raising and running sled dogs.


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