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. This is a “wilderness style” checkpoint – no handler assistance allowed. 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.

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.

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 – NO HANDLERS OR DOG TRUCKS allowed. Cold water 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. Dropped dogs will be brought to the finish in Northome. The race will provide a dog truck for all dropped dogs. If you scratch, every effort will be made to contact your handlers to get them to Barney’s to assist you.