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Race Route & Checkpoints
Sled dog racing in northern Minnesota.

The Voyageurs Classic Sled Dog Race uses scenic routes that traverses varied terrain including forests, brooks, lakes, fields and populated areas. The distance, terrain, and variable weather make these races challenging. Drivers will have to exercise good judgment in pacing themselves and their teams. The course is run on all snowmobile trails and the course markings for the event include the markings associated with the snowmobile trails. The trails in use will be presented at the musher meeting.

8 Dog Pro

The 8-Dog Pro class will start in Northome and run south, then east to Barney's Resort. Two (2) hours rest plus differential will be taken here. The course will then return west to the finish in Northome. The total mileage for the 8-Dog Pro Class is 78 miles. This is a “wilderness style” checkpoint – handler assistance is allowed for ONLY the following:

  • Handlers may meet their team at the Barney’s Resort line, assist in taking the team to the layover area, monitor the dogs when the musher is away from the team, and assist the team back to the restart line. . Dropped dogs will be the responsibility of the handler. NO OTHER HELP IS ALLOWED.

Straw will be provided for each team. Musher and/or handlers are responsible for cleaning up the layover area.

Trophy Class

The Trophy Class will start in Northome and run south to finish in Squaw Lake. The total mileage for the Trophy Class is 28 miles.

Checkpoints

The Barney’s Resort checkpoint is 39 miles from the start, and 39 miles from the finish. This is a “wilderness style” checkpoint. Teams will be taken care of by the MUSHER ONLY – except for the following:

  • Handlers may meet their team at the Barney’s Resort line, assist in taking the team to the layover area, monitor the dogs when the musher is away from the team, and assist the team back to the restart line. . Dropped dogs will be the responsibility of the handler. NO OTHER HELP IS ALLOWED.

Cold water, straw, and a place to get out of the cold will be provided. Musher must bring all gear and food for this checkpoint in the sled upon leaving the start.

Northome -
Vet Check & Race Start
Squaw Lake -


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The Squaw Lake checkpoint will be the finish for the Trophy Class race.

Barney’s Resort -
 

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The Barney’s Resort checkpoint is 39 miles from the start, and 39 miles from the finish. This is a “wilderness style” checkpoint. Teams will be taken care of by the MUSHER ONLY – except for the following:

  • Handlers may meet their team at the Barney’s Resort line, assist in taking the team to the layover area, monitor the dogs when the musher is away from the team, and assist the team back to the restart line. . Dropped dogs will be the responsibility of the handler. NO OTHER HELP IS ALLOWED.

Cold water, straw, and a place to get out of the cold will be provided. Musher must bring all gear and food for this checkpoint in the sled upon leaving the start.