The ice covered alder brush and small trees clogging the Banadad Ski Trail from last months storm, and that forced the closing of the trail, has finally been removed. The Banadad is once again open. The re-opening of the trail took nine-four hours of hard-wet-cold hand labor by trail crews.
Groomers have now finished packing the fresh snow and the re-setting of tracks begins today, February 11. It is expected that the track setting of the Banadad will be completed by tomorrow.
According to trail maintenance manager, Ted Young, “the brush that clogged the trail from this storm was by far and away the worst I have ever seen in my twenty-seven years of working on the Banadad. The crews that helped re-open the trails did a great job! Young continued, “I wish to give a special thanks to Jim Morison, Peter Spink, Pete Harris, John and Barbara Bottagar who volunteered their time along with paid trail workers, Jim Raml, Mike and Matt Hendrickson. And thanks to other members of the Banadad Trail Assocation who, contributed moral support, including support from as far
Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MINNESOTA ─ If you thought the Beargrease Marathon was fun to watch then you will love the Mush for a Cure Sled Dog Fundraiser on Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail. Mushers and their dog teams cloaked in pink begin the event at a mass start on Gunflint Lake on Saturday, March 13th. It’s a sourdough start where mushers wait for the sound of the shotgun signal while tucked inside of their sleeping bag. They hop out of their bags, struggle to get their boots on, hook up their dogs and begin the fun run to Trail Center on Poplar Lake.
The best thing about Mush for a Cure is everyone is a winner. Last year’s participants and spectators raised over $25,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Spectators are treated to an up close and personal look at the sport of dog mushing during the Mush for a Cure. While competitors at the Beargrease are tense and protective of their dog teams participants of the Mush for a Cure are relaxed and ready for fun. It’s a winter carnival like atmosphere at both the start and finish line making it a fun-filled all day long event for people of all ages. Everyone gets involved for the cause by wearing their pink in hopes of winning the best pink costume competition. The public is welcome at all of the Mush for a Cure festivities.
The Pink Pasta Party on Friday night will include Hair Cuts for a Cure and live music at Trail Center. There will be games galore on Poplar Lake Saturday while mushers and skijorers make their way to the finish line. The fun doesn’t stop at sundown it just moves into Trail Center for another evening of live music and dancing. You won’t want to miss a minute of the excitement so plan to spend the weekend of March 12-13th on Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail during the 4th Annual Mush for a Cure Fundraiser.
Mush for a Cure When: Friday, March 12th and Saturday, March 13, 2010 Where: 5:00pm Cuts for a Cure begin on Friday at Trail Center during the Pink Pasta Party 12:00 Noon start Gunflint Pines Resort on Gunflint Lake. Finish at Trail Center Lodge on Poplar Lake on the historic Gunflint Trail. Length of Fun Run: 24 miles Entry Fee: $50.00 - The mandatory entry fee for mushers and skijorers to cover the cost of insurance, trail permits & other expenses. Pledge money to be collected at registration the day of the event. Team size: 5-8 dogs Type of start: Sourdough / Shot Gun Start. Mushers hop out of their sleeping bags, put on their boots and hitch up their team before taking off down Gunflint Lake.
Parking: Due to parking limitations at the start location the Mush for a Cure Fun Run is limited to 50 teams. Visit MushForACure.com and click on the “Reserve a Parking Space” or e-mail info@MushForACure.com for more information. Pledging: All donations should be made payable to Mush for a Cure. Reserve your Lodging: Visit Gunflint-Trail.com or call (888) 922-5000. Racer Registration, Pledging, Sponsorship information: Mary Black at info@MushForACure.com or call Tel. (218)370-9063 http://www.mushforacure.com.