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Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race
February 3, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until February 4, 2018
About the Race
Bayfield will welcome mushers and spectators to the largest sled dog race in the Midwest, the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-4.
The event is in its 23rd year and draws racers from across the United States and Canada. Multiple races take place over the weekend, with teams completing a loop through the Bayfield Peninsula forests each day.
Races begin at 10 a.m. both days at the Echo Valley Gravel Pit, which is located 11 miles north of downtown Bayfield on Highway 13. This location serves as the start/finish line.
There will be a bonfire, warming tent, merchandise sales and concessions at the gravel pit. There is an additional spectator site along the course on Star Route Road, which features a warming fire, porta potty and viewing area.
In addition to the actual race, there are several special events taking place in Bayfield as part of the weekend. On Friday, Feb. 2, a welcome event called Meet the Mushers Spaghetti Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion. This is a mandatory event and roll call for all racers, but the public can also attend and see what goes on behind the scenes at a sled dog race.
On Saturday at 5 p.m., the Bayfield Inn will host a Musher Mixer and Taco Dinner. Saturday’s race results will be available there and visitors are invited to mingle with the mushers.
Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Madeline Island Ferry Terminal, Northland College Associate Professor of Outdoor Education Elizabeth Andre will talk about her experience dog sledding with National Geographic explorer Will Steger.
On Sunday afternoon, the final awards ceremony will take place at the Lakeside Pavilion. The doors open at 3 p.m., with awards presented at approximately 4 p.m.