WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race

Dogsledding is a big part of who we are here in Ely. In fact, in the 1970s Ely earned the moniker “Sled Dog Capital” for hosting the largest dog sled race in the lower 48 – The Ely All-American Championship- which predated Alaska’s Iditarod. 

Since 2005, Ely has been proud to be home and host of the WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race, which was created to celebrate the storied history of northern Minnesota sled dogs. The WolfTrack Classic consists of two mid-distance races that include an eight-dog, 50-mile race and a six-dog, 30-mile race.  Both races start in Ely and travel along the Taconite Trail that winds through our beautiful Superior National Forest before returning to the finish line in Ely. 

The WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race offers mushers a challenging run with plenty of hills and wind-whipped excitement packaged in the compacted length of a mid-distance race.   Mushers and spectators will appreciate this family-friendly event that offers a spirit of mentoring and inclusiveness to all who participate, whether they're new mushers or seasoned experts. The infectious enthusiasm of the dogs at the start line as they anticipate doing the thing they love most (pulling a sled), provides a memorable experience for spectators they won’t soon forget. 

Find out more at wolftrackclassic.com.