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
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.