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WolfTrack Classic race is cancelled

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The WolfTrack Classic sled dog race was cancelled on Thursday.

Race officials reviewed trail conditions for the race slated to run on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Two events connected to the race will still occur, according to the Ely Chamber of Commerce.

With the recent warm-up, the conditions are not favorable for a sled dog race. For the third time in the race’s 16-year history, the race is officially canceled.

“Just because the race is canceled, it does not mean Ely is closed and winter is gone,” said race coordinator Eva Sebesta.  “One thing Ely is well known for is an abundance of outdoor activities and visitors can still enjoy all of those options.”

At Mike’s Liquor on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 3-6 p.m. for an Earth Rider Brewery Beer Tasting. WolfTrack Classic merchandise will be available for purchase. The second event takes place on what would have been race day.

Race organizers are hosting the first annual WolfTrack Prance on Sunday, Feb. 25 from noon-3 p.m. at the Grand Ely Lodge.

This is a family friendly event with Bernie Palcher playing polka music from 1:30-3 p.m.  Door prizes are part of the event too.

The only cost for attendees is the cost of their meal and beverages. RSVP to 218-365-6123 or

Local mushing businesses such as Chilly Dogs, White Wolf, Hauling Dogs, and White Wilderness are still running trips.  Those mushers are very experienced and train their dogs on both the lakes, forest trails, and forest roads.  Regardless of winter conditions, they have a game plan in place to create a fantastic trip for their guests.

Lodging, restaurants, and retail stores remain open too.  Ely is a fantastic location for a winter break, which can include a trip to the International Wolf Center, art or craft class, or shopping excursion.

“There are so many opportunities during this time of year,” noted Sebesta.  “Lodging is easier to secure, plus there are very few people out hiking on area trails, ice fishing, kick sledding, fat tire biking, or skiing.  It’s the perfect time to get away and relax, refresh, or celebrate.”

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