ELY – The 11th annual WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race is scheduled for Feb. 23 and 24. The race is a mid-distance race with two classes: a 30-mile, six dog race and a 50-mile, 8-dog race. The race starts and finishes at the Ely Softball Complex on Old Airport Road on Sunday Feb. 24. Teams arrive around 7 a.m. that morning for vet checks and race preparation. The public is invited and encouraged to come, watch and share the pre-race excitement of the dogs.
The first team leaves the Ely start line at 9 a.m. Other teams leave at two minute intervals until all teams are on the course. The race follows the Taconite Trail through Bear Head Sate Park, the Fishing Lakes Trail and crosses Bear Head Lake and comes by the Bear Head Shelter House heading back to Ely.
A popular addition last year was the returning of all sled dog teams to Ely. Spectators for both the six dog and eight dog teams cheered them across the Ely finish line. Also popular was the all-day event at the Grand Ely Lodge. A special musher menu is available, you can sign up for door prizes, and there are plenty of activities for kids.
You can also watch the progress of all the teams at the lodge. After all the teams have finished, everyone gathers at the Grand Ely Lodge for the presentation of the awards. Visit www.wolftrackclassic.com for additional race weekend details or follow them on Facebook @wolfTrackclassic
You can meet the mushers at their prerace spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 4 – 6:30 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is a fundraiser for the Vermilion Community College Wilderness Club. The dinner will be held at the Vermilion Community College cafeteria. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and under. The musher meeting and bib presentation follows the spaghetti dinner.