To all mushers, veterinarians, road crossing crews, sponsors, law enforcement officials, other volunteers, and the public:
Thank you to all of you for your support of the 2017 White Oak Sled Dog Race! People are wondering if the race is a go or no-go, based on our recent weather here in the northland.
Yesterday two of us ran the trail on a snowmobile. Thank you to volunteer Steve McNamara who took the time to run the trail and stop occasionally to give us time to remove obstacles and take pictures.
As you may know, as of two days ago, the original weather forecast for our area was that we were supposed to get 3-5″ of snow. Then, yesterday, it changed to 1-2″. Sadly, we woke up this morning to see that we had received NOT EVEN ONE SNOWFLAKE. All of the snow bypassed us and went south! So I am sad to inform everyone that our race has “gone south” as well. =( There are too many bare areas and ice fields on the first 12 miles of the trail, and the weather report for race day, March 4th, is showing a high temp of 46-48 degrees, depending on which weather site you use. All of that ice makes the route unsafe, and the bare sections will be even larger on race day.
So the White Oak Sled Dog Race is cancelled for 2017. Mushers will be receiving refunds of their registration fees in the very near future. Please contact me if anyone has any questions. ~ Robin
Join The White Oak Society, March 4th 2017, in a celebration of winter, history, and canine companions!
There will be three races featured this year:
The first race will send mushers and their teams 23 miles to the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids, where they will take an hour and 30 minute layover. Then they will head back again to the White Oak Fur Post, for a round trip race of 46 miles.
A second race will run 23 miles to a Finish Line at Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids.
The third, (“Big Dog”) race will run only 12 miles from the White Oak Fur Post to a Finish Line at TK Automotive in Cohasset. “Big Dogs” include such breeds as Alaskan Malamutes, pure-bred Siberian Huskies, and Samoyeds.
Be sure to bring your camera! The Official Awards ceremony will be held back at the White Oak Fur Post and Learning Center at 5:00 p.m.
Musher Vet Checks will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. on the day before the race. No appointments are needed. Visit the 2017 Vets Page.
Join us for Dinner on Friday, March 3rd!
A full dinner will be served, including salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, and beverage, all for only $5.00.
March 3rd – Mandatory Musher Meeting at 7:00pm
Join Us For Breakfast!
Breakfast Saturday Morning 7am-9am ($5.00). Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Oatmeal, and Beverage.
THE RACE IS ON! – March 4th at 9:30am!
The fun starts at the White Oak Historical Site just north of Deer River, Minnesota. Join us March 4th at 9:30am for one of the White Oak Society’s most exciting events of the winter season!
Race Purse and Prizes:
There is a Guaranteed Minimum Race Purse of $2,500 for the 2016 race.*
- 46-mile race 1st place prize:
$250 value French Canadian Capote + Cash Prize
- 23-mile race 1st place prize
$250 value Hand-Forged Engraved Knife + Cash Prize
- 12-mile race 1st place prize
$250 value Jacuzzi Suite Gift Certificate + Cash Prize
Last place musher in each race will receive a red lantern displaying the race name and date.
Race participants may download our Race Rules, Registration Form, and Liability Release Form (for Mushers under 18 years of age) below:
- Offical standings for both the 2015 46 and 23 mile race can be downloaded here.
- 2016 Race Sponsors
- 2016 Musher List
- 2016 Race Vets
- 2015 Race Sponsors
- Watch this video from the 2011 White Oak Sled Dog Race
- Check out the action at the finish line in the 2014 Dog Sled Race!
- Historical Freight Dogs By Thom “Swanny” Swan