Mushers and dog teams will be cloaked in pink on the Gunflint Trail next month in a race to raise money for cancer.
The Mush for a Cure Sled Dog Fundraiser is March 13. It’s what is called a “sourdough” start, where mushers wait for a shotgun signal while tucked inside their sleeping bags. When the gun goes off, they hop out of their bags, put on their boots and hook up their dogs as the race begins.
The race is 24 miles long. It starts at Gunflint Lake and ends at Trail Center Lodge on Poplar Lake.
Event organizer Sue Prom said last year’s participants and spectators raised over $25,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Several Mush for a Cure activities will be going on in conjunction with the race. A Pink Pasta Party on Friday the 12th will include Hair Cuts for a Cure and live music at Trail Center. There will also be games on race day, food and live music Saturday night.