celebrate the spirit and adventure of sled dog racing
This year we will be unable to have spectators at our Vet Checks, Start-Finish Line, or Awards Dinner. We are all saddened by this requirement. We hope our faithful followers will still monitor the race virtually.
Ely, Minnesota is the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness—one million acres of pristine forest with lakes, rivers, and abundant wildlife. The BWCAW is part of the Superior National Forest, over three million acres of land that is wild and scenic and offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor experiences from the serene to the adventurous. What could be more appropriate for this setting, then a sled dog race?
The WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race takes place in February each year in these beautiful, natural and wild surroundings. The WolfTrack Classic consists of two mid-distance races: a 6-dog and 8-dog competition. It all starts Sunday February 21 at 9:00 a.m. when the first 8-dog race team heads down the trail on its way through 50 miles of wild and beautiful boreal forest on the Taconite trail that winds back to finish in Ely. The 6-dog teams also leave from the Ely start for a 30 mile race and also travel on the Taconite Trail winding around near Purvis Lake and back to Ely. Approximately 40 teams with over 300 dogs go the distance in these two races. It’s always an exciting finish as the teams break through the last of the forest tree line and give their last great spurt of energy as they race towards the finish line.
Ely has a long record of sled dog racing. Ely's first race was held January 17-18, 1970.