The Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, now in its 24th year, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3. The event draws racers from across the US and Canada. Multiple races take place over the course of the weekend, with the teams completing a loop through the forests of the Bayfield Peninsula each day.
“If you are looking for a chance to get outside and see a special winter event, this is a great opportunity”, said Jeremy Oswald, events manager for the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau. “There is so much excitement and activity at the start of the race, from the revved up dogs to the unique trailers that have been created to cart them around. This is an event to walk around and be part of. Once all the teams have headed out on the trail it’s fun to stop by the spectator site on Butterfield Road and see how all that excitement at the start turns into ‘dogged’ determination after some time on the course. Our HAM radio operators are also out along the entire course, calling in the mushers progress to the main info tent at the start.”
The event consists of five individual races, including a 10-dog 80-mile race; an 8-dog 60-mile race; a 40-mile Sportsmen's Race; a 6-8 mile Family/Rec Race (Saturday only); and a 6-mile Youth Race (Sunday only), with a combined purse of more than $3000 distributed to the winners in different categories. Registration for the races is open through Wednesday, January 30, with the bib draw taking place on Thursday, January 31.