Sled dog racing: Wallin wins Gunflint Mail Run
Ward Wallin of Two Harbors and his team won the 12-dog title of the 2016 Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race, crossing the finish line just ahead of runner-up Matt Schmidt of Grand Marais late Saturday at Trail Center Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.Wall...
Ward Wallin of Two Harbors and his team won the 12-dog title of the 2016 Gunflint Mail Run sled dog race, crossing the finish line just ahead of runner-up Matt Schmidt of Grand Marais late Saturday at Trail Center Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.
Wallin finished the 100-mile race that started and ended at Trail Center in 9 hours, 36 minutes, 33 seconds. Schmidt finished less than 2 minutes later, in 9:37:55, according to race officials, who noted that the times were faster than expected thanks to fast snow conditions. Temperatures at the start of the race Saturday morning were above zero, and fell throughout the day into subzero territory.
Frank Holmberg of Newberry, Mich., was third in 9:42:24, 2015 champion Leanne Bergen of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, was fourth in 10:04:16, and Frank Moe of Hovland finished fifth in 10:05:49. Other Northland mushers to finish included Jen Freking of Finland (sixth, 10:30:17), Mark Luttinen of Grand Marais (seventh, 10:34:31) and Colleen Wallin of Two Harbors (eighth, 10:37:20).
In the accompanying eight-dog, 70-mile race, Dusty Klaven of Togo finished first in 5 hours, 42 minutes, 44 seconds. Chad Schouweiler of Irma, Wis., was a close second in 5:43:12, followed by Joanna Oberg of Ignace, Ontario, in 5:46:10, Jerry Papke of Kingston, Mich., in 6:02:11, and Christine Richardson of Canaan, N.H., in 6:05:34. Other Northland mushers in the top 10 included Erin Altemus of Grand Marais (seventh, 6:44:52); Mary Manning of Hovland (eighth, 7:02:19) and Kalyn Holl of Finland (10th, 7:25:40).
Ten teams started the 12-dog race, and nine finished; 13 teams started the eight-dog event and all finished.