Students! The Outpost will be heading to the start like of the 24th Annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race to watch mushers leave on the first leg of their races. Amenities available include a warming tent, concessions, and fires to keep warm by. Dress for the weather conditions. To reserve a spot email, call, or stop by the Outpost before February 1.
About the Race
Bayfield will welcome mushers and spectators to the largest sled dog race in the Midwest, the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Races, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3.
The event is in its 24th year and draws racers from across the United States and Canada. Multiple races take place over the weekend, with teams completing a loop through the Bayfield Peninsula forests each day.
Races begin at 10 a.m. both days at the Echo Valley Gravel Pit, which is located 11 miles north of downtown Bayfield on Highway 13. This location serves as the start/finish line.
There will be a bonfire, warming tent, merchandise sales and concessions at the gravel pit. There is an additional spectator site along the course on Star Route Road, which features a warming fire, porta potty, and viewing area.
In addition to the actual race, there are several special events taking place in Bayfield as part of the weekend. On Friday, Feb. 1, a welcome event called Meet the Mushers Spaghetti Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion. This is a mandatory event and roll call for all racers, but the public can also attend and see what goes on behind the scenes at a sled dog race.
On Saturday at 5 p.m., the Bayfield Inn will host a Musher Mixer and Taco Dinner. Saturday’s race results will be available there and visitors are invited to mingle with the mushers.