Celebrate the Spirit and Adventure of Sled Dog Racing
Musher Registrations are closed for the 2022 race.
Coming back again, love the trail, and hospitality of Ely.
This is my 3rd year back into the mushing lifestyle. My family and I have grown quite a bit with our team. We look forward to this race season.
I grew up around the sport of dog sled racing. I'm currently a freshman at St. Cloud State University. I look forward to this race every year!
I have been running dogs since 2010. Excited to be racing Nathan’s puppy team this year.
I run dogs for Silver Creek Sled Dogs out of Two Harbors. My only goal in life is to beat Ero. I figure that since he’s away at college I will get the pick of the team this year. If that doesn’t work, I will go with plan B. When I’m not running dogs, I enjoy romance novels, looking for agates, and shopping for antiques!
I have really enjoyed working with dogs over the last 10 years. It is a great sport. I am thankful to my family and friends who give me so much support. It will be fun to see this trail again!
I have enjoyed running dogs for 8 years now with my family. It's challenging and lots of fun!
I own Whiteout Racing, a kennel based in Carlton, WA. I’ve been training and racing sled dogs for seven years competing in the Pacific Northwest, Inland Northwest, Rocky Mountain States, and Alaska. The Whiteout Racing crew is very excited to attend the WolfTrack Classic for the first time!
I'm excited to be running dogs for Hauling Dogs Kennel, one of the snuggliest kennels around.
My kennel is GO THE DISTANCE out of Monona, Iowa. I'm looking forward to my first time racing the WolfTrack. I handled for my two sons in the 6 dog a few years ago.
Erin is from Ashland, WI and runs out of Miles Ahead Racing Kennel.
Heather started mushing for John & Robin Fisher in high school. After some time away from the area, Heather is back and working with them again. She is excited to be in her first race in over 20 years.
I have been mushing sled dogs for 26 years, and live on a hobby farm in Grove Twp. near Meire Grove in Central Minnesota. My kennel consists of 18 alaskan husky sled dogs. In addition to sled dogs, my wife Ileta and I have chickens, goats, and cats. Four small house dogs also call our place home. Looking forward to another great Wolftrack Classic!
Junior Musher - I am 17 years old and this will be my 3rd time running the WolfTrack Classic. I first hitched the family dogs up to a sled when I was 4. When I was twelve I talked my dad into a Siberian husky and I have been hooked ever since. Many thanks to my great sponsors:
The Northern Club, Izaac Walton Beloit Chapter, L&M Radiator, Carl & Lora Plude, and The Hill Agency
I have had sled dogs forever! I love the sport as well as the lifestyle. I’ve raced all over the US as well as Canada and Alaska. Training is my focus with racing being secondary. There is nothing finer than putting a well-trained team on the trail. It is also fun to get out and prove your training at the structured events!
My breed of choice is the Siberian Husky. At Northome on Windhill, we strive to protect the working abilities of this purebred dog. It’s been a lifelong goal and we are proud to still be able to put a well-trained, competitive team on the race trial.
"It all started with one dog. That explains a lot”, said Dusty when asked about her introduction to the sport. Dusty has a small kennel in the heart of Togo Minnesota. SHE would like to thank her handlers along with amazing sponsors Wanderlust Essentials LLC and Barn Yarns. Let’s go crazies!
Junior Musher - I am 11 years old and this is my first time running the Wolf Track. I have been running sled dogs since I was 4. I am very exited to be running in the 2022 Wolf Track Classic!
This year we are really looking forward to enjoying the Wolf Track Classic Sled Dog Race alongside our daughter, Elena! Our family Manitou Crossing Kennels where we raise and train our Siberian Huskies. We have completed the Iditarod, Beargrease Marathon, UP 200, Hudson Bay Quest, and Can Am 250.
This is my 12th season running dogs. Will be running a younger team at WolfTrack Classic this year.
Started mushing 21 years ago while attending Northland College. Have raced in races throughout the west, Pedigree Stage Stop 8 dog, American Dog Derby, Big Horn Rush and since moving back to the Midwest Northern Pines Race and Beargrease 40. She maintains a small kennel and works as a Vet Tech.
I’ve only been in mushing a few years and have handled for way more races then I have ran. I’m looking forward to running the same race as my mentors and friends.
Tried this sport five years ago. I was hooked the first time going solo thru the woods and over the lake. Racing gives me the opportunity to hit new trails and meet fellow mushers from all over. The wolf track classic is the prime race for these reasons
Been running dogs and racing for a long time. This will be the 4th time running the WolfTrack Classic. Merv Hilpipre, Chuck Gould, John Fisher, Murry Duval, Eddie Streeper, George Attla, Bob Lugo and Frank Moe have all been my inspiration for this sport of sled dog racing.
This is my third Wolf Track, I’ve run both the 8 dog and the 6 dog. This year I’m having fun with puppies and the 6 dog is a great way to end the year! Always a fun race!
I’ve spent the last four years living off grid and running the trails of northern Wisconsin with my pack of Siberian Huskies. This is my first year running middle distance with a team of racing Siberian’s from Phil and Kim Ruhl, of Howling Spirit Racing Siberian’s.
Addicted to running dogs for over 10 years now. Looking forward to being back at Wolf Track.
I am a semi-retired veterinarian and still practice in Dryden locally and more recently Fort Frances, Ontario. In addition to my 15 dog kennel, my brother and I manage a small mixed farm. I'm hoping to run the Ely race pending border requirements. It's always great to get to Ely to participate in the race and meet all the wonderful folks that volunteer, organize, sponsor and participate in the race.
Junior Musher - I am 14 years old. I live in Minnesota in a small town called Menahga. I have been dog sledding for the last 5 years. My dogs are my whole life. In my kennel, “ True North Sled Dogs” I have 8 amazing sled dogs. My main goal for my team this year is to have fun. Every run is a training run for the dogs and I, even races. I would like to thank my two older sisters Nicole and Brenna, without them I would not have the knowledge I have today. They first started out owning True North Sled Dogs, and in the past year have started bigger and better chapters in life. When their lives were changing we talked a lot about getting rid of the dogs but I decided to keep them. That was the best decision I have ever made. I would also like to thank my mentor Janet Bahe, my sisters and I would call her our aunt. She has done everything for us. She means the world to my dogs and I.
I love the outdoors and have a kennel of 9 Alaskan huskies. My dad got me started in mushing when I was 12 years old working for his friend who ran dogs in Ely MN. My family has been a tremendous help in supporting my passion and couldn’t of done it without them.
Junior Musher - Maddoux (Mad-Ox) is 14, he became involved with mushing when he started helping his step dad, Nathan, with his kennel. This is Maddoux's first race. He is also active with baseball, fishing and hunting.
Junion Musher - Hi I'm Dixie Crawford and i started running dogs when I was 11, I started getting into mushing when my grandpa put me in the cub run and I have been in love with it ever since, Thank you too bandit creek kennels for allowing me to run their beautiful dogs and i am excited for my first Wolftrack
I have been a handler for Ero and Silver Creek Sled Dogs. This fall I have been helping train the team with Ero away at school. This will be my very first race. I've been told that I get the first pick of dogs but I think that's a lie....probably because I'm still mad that he struck me out 3 times in a baseball game a couple years ago! Although I grew up in Iowa, I'm a die hard Minnesota Gopher fan. In addition to hunting, I enjoy swimming in Lake Superior and playing badminton in the back yard.
Aidan handles dogs for Christina Gibson out of White Out Racing. Aidan has never run a race before and is "simultaneously excited and terrified." Yah Dogs!
Have been mushing for 20 + years I am 61 years old and retired military. I have raced in the Iron line, Tahquamegan, Apostle Ilands Jack pine 30 and the copper Dog 25 I have a small kennel of 10 Alaskan Huskies mostly rehomed from other mushing kennels
Matt Kormann from Exeland Wisconsin. Matt has been mushing for nine years and he owns and trains a kennel of twelve dogs. He just started racing the last couple of years and this is his first WolfTrack Classic.
I've been working with sled dogs since 2018 when I met my friend Anna Carpenter at the Beargrease, I'm so thankful for the friendship with Anna and her family and the friendship from Arlene Duff. My kennel is 6 dogs right now; I call my place Healing Trails Homestead since I'm a mental health therapist. I'm thankful to the dogs for giving me nature-based therapy.
I have been working with sled dogs for 5 or 6 years now. Ashley and I operate Lost Lake Racing. We have 31 Alaskan huskies, 2 malamutes, and 1 plott hound. This will be my 4th Wolftrack Classic.
I've been running dogs for 9 years and racing for 8 years I have raced the John Beargrease and the copper dog, mid Minnesota, apostle Island, dogs days and the wolf tracks. Big thanks to maple ridge kennels and ten squared racing and k9 health forward
Wolftrack sled dog race is the race I look most forward to, well run, great challenging awesome trail and so many dedicated volunteers......yeee haaaa lets go !!!!
Huskies Run has been in the 8 dog race twice and the 6 dog race many times . This year we will run the 8 dog race again with my good friend Scott Edgett.
Long time handler , first year racer. This will be my second race and I look forward to spending time in the north woods with a great team of dogs. Special thanks to Maple Ridge Kennels , K9 health forward and 10^2 racing !
Philip is currently running out of Chuck Gould's kennel. He has also worked with Peter Schurke and Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and for Mike Santos at Doggoneit Kennel outside of Cantwell, Alaska.
I have been mushing for 20+ years. Along with 3 previous Wolftrack Classics we have run Taquomenon, Empire, Beargrease Mid Distance, Midnight Run, Jackpine, Mid Minnesota, etc.
Fell in love with sled dogs later in life than most. It all started with 2 dogs and a homemade sled. This is my first official race. It's been a dream of mine to run the WolfTrack. I'll be running a young team of siblings with Mom in lead. A special thanks to all the mushers who have shared their knowledge with me.
I am a lifelong animal lover and sled dog enthusiast. I am a vet tech and run a small kennel out of Ely and have been building my team for the past several years.
Ely Chamber of Commerce
WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race
2022 Rules for Competition
MUSHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT. PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES THOROUGHLY. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE RULES AND PROCEDURES IN THIS PUBLICATION SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WOLFTRACK CLASSIC SLED DOG RACE AND ITS RACE MARSHAL.
Registration closes February 18 – 9 days prior to race day which is February 27. Early registration for returning 2021 teams will open on October 15 - November 1, 2021. Entry fees: 6-dog early entry fee is $85.00, and the 8-dog early entry fee is $110.00.
The 6 dog entry fee is $85.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2021, and $100.00 from January 1 – February 18, 2022. The 8 dog entry fee is $110.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2021, and $125.00 from January 1 – February 18, 2022. Registration will open on November 1, 2021, at 12:00 pm CST and close 9 days prior to the race. No registrations will be accepted on Saturday, February 26 at musher check-in or on Sunday, February 27 race day.
1. The entry fee must accompany the online registration for the entry to be considered complete.
2. The WolfTrack Classic reserves the right to reject any entry and may require information on a musher's previous race experience.
3. As a condition of entry into the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, mushers will be required to sign the release form.
1. A musher must be named three weeks prior to the race.
2. A musher starting the race shall drive the team throughout the race.
3. A change in musher must have the approval of the Race Marshal, prior to the mushers’ meeting.
4. A musher under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian and must submit previous race experience. This will be reviewed by the Race Marshal, who shall decide if the musher will participate.
5. Mushers and the parent or guardian of a musher under 18 shall attend the musher’s meeting, held prior to the race, in order to compete in the race. Roll call will be called twice during the meeting. Latecomers who miss the first roll call will receive a $50.00 penalty payable to the Race Marshal, and those who miss the 2nd roll call may result in disqualification, time penalty, or fine.
6. Any driver disqualified at any point in the race is not eligible to compete in the remainder of the race.
7. Substitution of a driver in the case of an emergency may be allowed up to the time of the drivers meeting with Race Marshal approval.
1. Only Northern breed dogs will be permitted to enter the race. “Northern breeds” will be determined by the Race Marshal and chief veterinarian.
2. All dogs are under the care and jurisdiction of the chief veterinarian and his/her staff from check-in & vet- checks until the awards ceremony.
3. The chief veterinarian may disallow entry of any team or dog for just cause.
4. Any team of dogs, which in the opinion of the chief veterinarian is unfit or incapable of completing the course, shall be disqualified.
5. Any team or dogs disqualified at any point in the race is/are not eligible to compete in the remainder of the race.
6. All dogs must be up-to-date with vaccinations for parvovirus, distemper and rabies. Proof of valid rabies vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the race and signed by a licensed veterinarian is required. Proof of purchase for valid vaccines must be submitted for inspection by the chief veterinarian.
7. Dogs coming from Alaska with valid certificates signed by lay vaccinators will be accepted. Manufacturer’s serial number of the rabies vaccine administered to such dogs must be available to the WolfTrack Classic veterinarian.
8. All dogs will be identified and marked by the race, all dog names, age and gender should be provided with the vaccination records.
9. The pre-race exam and check in details TBD.
1. Teams entering the 8-Dog Race shall start with 8 dogs in harness and finish with not less than 6 dogs in harness on line.
2. Teams entering the 6-Dog Race shall start with 6 dogs in harness and finish with not less than 5 dogs in harness on line.
3. All dogs running in the race must be in line coming to the start line. A dog too aggressive to be in the line, will not be allowed to run the race.
1. If the chief veterinarian diagnoses any dog present in the race area to have a contagious disease, that team shall be disqualified and immediately leave the race area.
1. It is the intent of these rules that no drugs or other artificial means be used to drive any dog beyond its natural ability. A musher must have his/her team free of any drugs used. The chief veterinarian may utilize any drugs necessary to maintain a dog’s health, however, such dogs will be withdrawn from the race. The use of general anesthetics will not be allowed in any form unless the dog is withdrawn from the race.
Harness and Lines
1. All harnesses must be padded around the neck and chest areas and have reflective tape and be in good condition
2. Dogs shall be fastened to the gangline in single or double file. The lead dog/dogs may run without a neck line.
3. All ganglines must be made of coated cable or have a cable core, or be made of “Iron Rope”. No bare cable.
4. No muzzles or choke collars of any type are allowed.
5. All equipment, line fasteners, harnesses, and sleds should be in good working order.
1. The sled must have a brush bow, proper functioning brake bolted to the sled and a snow hook.
2. The type of sled used is the option of the driver, but must have a functioning bag the length of the sled, capable of holding one or two dogs or an injured dog and equipment. Sprint bags will not be allowed. This will be subject to Race Marshal approval.
Your race bib must be visible during pre-race preparation and during the race, and will be collected after you cross the finish line.
2. First aid kit with an ace bandage, pressure bandage, and tape to apply pressure to a bleeding dog or musher should there be a laceration.
3. Veterinary form/book.
5. Dog booties one set per dog
6. Snowshoes. The 8-dog race crosses Bear Head Lake; wind and blowing snow may make it necessary to break trail out in front of your team.
8. Trail Map
9. Cable cutter: This needs to be able to cut the gang line. A multi-tool like a Leather Man is not acceptable as a cable cutter.
10. Head lamp in case of an emergency.
1. Bag Checks are mandatory
2. All equipment shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Race Marshal, judge, or bag checker.
3. Mushers, teams, and equipment shall be available for inspection 1 Hour prior to the start of the race. Teams are required to be in the dog truck parking area at 7:00 a.m. on race day February 27. You must have a bag check, or you will not be allowed to race.
START FINISH RULES
1. The starting positions for the race shall be determined by order of registration.
2. Bibs will be handed out at the manditory musher meeting.
Starting Point and Time
1. Team must be harnessed and ready to leave for the chute at least 5 minutes prior to your designated start time. There are 3 start areas: in the hole, on deck and in the chute.
2. Teams will leave the start line at two minute intervals with 6 minutes time between the 8-dog teams and the 6-dog teams.
3. A team missing their start time will have to do so 2 minutes after the last team in their class. Actual trail time begins at the team’s actual start. The Race Marshal may penalize a team 30 minutes for a missed start. If a second start attempt fails, the Race Marshal may disqualify the team.
1. You will be assigned a handling crew and ATV to move you to the start area. If you have your own handlers and do not require assistance, please let us know this information.
Trail Time and Finish
Subject to compliance with all race rules, regulations, and determinations of the Race Marshal, a team’s finish time is measured when the nose of the lead dog crosses the finish line.
1. All time involved on the trail shall constitute trail time.
2. If a loose team crosses the finish line ahead of its driver that team shall have finished when the driver crosses the finish line
3. Teams with equal times shall be awarded the high finishing position. The purse for the tied place and the next lower place shall be combined and divided equally.
FOLLOWING THE TRAIL
1. WolfTrack Classic teams are guests with a special permit to use the Minnesota DNR Taconite Trail and sections managed by the US Forest Service. Please be respectful of the trail and other users.
2. A team and driver shall run the full course as established and marked by the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race. Trail signage shall be indicated as follows:
A. “Right turn” shall be indicated by a right pointing arrow.
B. “Left turn” shall be indicated by a left pointing arrow.
C. “Straight ahead” shall be indicated by a straight up arrow or painted stake on Bear Head Lake
D. Caution shall be indicated by a down pointing arrow.
3. It is the musher’s responsibility to check for traffic at road crossings on the trail. The race organization will attempt to secure the road crossings, but final safety is the musher’s responsibility.
4. Cut Off Time: Any team that has not crossed Raven Lane by 4:30 p.m., shall stop there and not continue. Handlers can meet their team at that road crossing.
TRAIL CONDITIONS AND WEATHER
1. The Taconite Trail is a challenging course compared to the first forty miles of the Beargrease. Mushers and their teams should be accustomed to running 30 to 50 miles in rough, hilly terrain.
2. The race will run under all but the most severe weather and trail conditions.
3. In the event of questionable trail conditions, the WolfTrack Classic directors, Minnesota DNR trail authorities, Race Marshal, and Chief Veterinarian will make the decision to cancel the race seven days prior to race day.
ASSISTANCE ON THE TRAIL
1. All teams may receive similar assistance of any type from officials at designated points along the trail as authorized by the Race Marshal
2. A musher may not receive outside assistance during the race. In case of emergency, mushers may assist each other according to the situation. Handlers may assist the musher at the start and finish. Anyone may stop and secure a driverless team or loose dog. The musher may recover their team either on foot or with another musher’s help and then continue the race. This should be reported to the Race Marshal.
3. Outside assistance shall be allowed if a team or mushers’ lives are in danger.
4. Because of the remote location of the race trails, all dogs becoming unfit after departure shall be carried on the sled. If the whole team is unable to continue, a call for help should be made, and the Race Marshal will alert the trail boss, trail breaker and trail sweep.
5. In case of a broken sled, outside assistance maybe requested to repair or replace the sled.
6. Cell phones and GPS are permitted on the trail.
7. Ski poles are permitted but not in “NO MAN’S LAND.”
RIGHT OF WAY
1. In the “No Man’s Land” zone, no team shall have the right of way over another.
PASSING ON THE TRAIL
1. When one team intends to pass another, the passing team may request the right of way when the lead dog(s) come within fifty (50) feet of the sled of the overtaken team.
2. The overtaken team shall make way for the passing team by moving to one side of the trail and by slowing down or stopping if requested by the overtaking team.
3. Once a team has been passed, that team shall not re-pass until: such time as the leading team has had sufficient time to pull away.
4. At any lesser interval whenever both drivers are in agreement.
5. If the passing team becomes tangled as the result of the pass, that team’s driver may require the overtaken team to stop and wait no longer than 1 minute.
Should a major tangle occur, the overtaken team may re-pass with the permission of the leading team.
1. A driver coming upon one or more stopped teams may pass all such teams. The stopped team’s drivers shall make every effort to clear the trail for the moving team.
2. In a head-on passing situation, the homeward-bound team has the right of way. The exception to this rule is when the outward- bound team is moving downhill. In this case, the outward -bound team has the right of way.
RESPONSIBILITY AND SPORTSMANSHIP
1. The Musher shall be responsible for the conduct of his/her dogs, his/her designated handler and themself whenever in the race area or on the trail. Common sense and good sportsmanship shall prevail. This is a family race, and we have many young and first- time racers. Please be kind and helpful.
2. If the Race Marshal determines that a driver, handler or team conduct at any time in the race area or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that team shall be disqualified.
3. ABUSE OR INHUMAN TREATMENT OF DOGS CAUSING PAIN OR SUFFERING TO A DOG WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
4. NO WHIPS are allowed.
5. Abusive or unsportsmanlike conduct toward trail help, timers, other race officials, competing driver, handlers or spectators shall be grounds for penalties or disqualification assessed by the Race Marshal. All official decisions are final.
1. Any dog that dies on the trail for any reason must be taken to the race finish. Expired dogs must be covered completely when being carried in the sled. The driver must notify an official at the finish and proceed to their dog truck and wait for the Chief Veterinarian, Race Marshal and Race Director to investigate the situation. At that time, there will be an interview between the driver and the race officials. The driver may be counted as finishing the race contingent on the Gross Necropsy and/or after approval of the Chief Veterinarian and Race Marshal.
2. Any dog that dies during the race will have a necropsy performed by a licensed veterinarian according to the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association Necropsy Guidelines.
3. Prize money will not be paid until the final results of the histopathology portion of the necropsy are returned. If it is determined that the cause of death was other than natural causes, the musher will be disqualified. The purse money will then revert to the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race funds.
4. If the necropsy determines the cause of death to be abuse, the musher will be disqualified and barred from participation in any future WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race events.
OFFICIALS AND PENALTIES
1. The Race Marshal is responsible for the enforcement of all WolfTrack Classic race policies and race rules. The Chief Veterinarian shall be considered a race official on matters pertaining to dog care and treatment. The Chief Veterinarian must participate in all decisions relating to these issues and will have final authority on all disputed decisions relating to same.
2. The Race Marshal and the Chief Veterinarian may appoint judges and assistants who will operate as race officials
3. The Race Marshal may detain a driver for the purpose of repairing or replacing equipment, which is deemed detrimental to the safety and well-being of the team and driver.
4. The Race Marshal or Chief Veterinarian may detain a team which is deemed in need of rest.
5. The Race Marshal or Chief Veterinarian may remove a team or dog from the race which is deemed unfit to continue the race.
6. Any teams with dog injuries or those who scratch prior to the finish line MUST return to the start area and report to race officials and the Chief Veternarian. NO EXCEPTIONS. All dogs must be checked by the vet and a report provided to race officials.
PROTESTS BY MUSHERS
1. A musher may protest any action of a competitor which he/she feels is contrary to the race rules. To be considered as a legitimate protest, any infraction observed by a musher must be presented in writing to the Race Marshal no more than one hour after the race. This written protest must be delivered to the Race Marshal, accompanied by a $25.00 protest fee. All protests shall be logged with the Race Marshal only and shall not be discussed with any other persons, spectators or media.
2. Any driver implicated in a report of an alleged violation of the rules will receive a hearing before the Race Marshal and race officials. Such hearings will occur prior to the awards ceremony
1. The decisions of the Race Marshal and race officials shall be final.
1. Any musher disqualified for any reason will forfeit entrance fees and any purse place.
RACE AWARD AND PURSE
1. All mushers finishing the race must be present at the awards ceremony to collect their winnings. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of any winnings.
1. Full refunds will be granted to those withdrawing from the race before February 1, 2022.
2. In case of race cancellation due to lack of snow or the Minnesota DNR deeming the trail closed due to deteriorating conditions, a full refund or a rollover to 2023 race registration will be granted.
1. Each musher agrees not to hold the Ely Chamber of Commerce/WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, its members, race sponsors, land owner private and public, the Race Marshal, Chief Veterinarian, employees or volunteers individually or jointly responsible for injury or damage to himself/herself, his/her handlers, dogs or equipment.
2. All mushers registering will be required to sign a release of liability at the time of their online registration, or if registering by U.S. mail it should be included with their registration.
1. Pre-race and during the race event, each musher agrees to give the race organizers and sponsors permission to photograph or video record himself/herself and his/her teams to use for race promotion.