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Gunflint Mail Run

2020 Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race Volunteer Sign Up

General Race Information

Date: Saturday, January 11th, 2020  

Location: Trail Center Lodge approximately 29 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, MN

Course: Trail Center Lodge to Blankenburg Pit and back to Trail Center Lodge (twice)

Format: 100 mile 12-dog race with a mandatory 5-hour layover and a 65 mile 8-dog race with a mandatory 3-hour layover (layovers occur at Trail Center Lodge)

Volunteer Information

We have a variety of volunteer needs including staffing road crossings, traffic controllers and set-up helpers.  If you sign up for a late night time slot at a road crossing please be aware that the end time is an approximate.  Your shift may end earlier than the estimated time or you may be required to stay later.  

All volunteers are asked to attend one of the two informational meetings offered prior to the race.  The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at 6 pm at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais.  A second meeting will be offered on Friday, January 10th at 4 pm at Trail Center Lodge.  The date and location for the other meeting has yet to be determined.  We will notify you as soon as we hash out those details.  

If you cannot attend one of the meetings you will need to make arrangements to meet with the Cathy Quinn (Volunteer Coordinator) on race day prior to your volunteer shift.   All volunteers need to be prepared to be outside for extended periods of time in inclement weather.  Bring plenty of warm clothes, food and water.  Reflective safety vests will be provided to volunteers.   The safety of the general public, volunteers, mushers and dogs is the first priority of the Gunflint Mail Run.  Thank you for doing your part to make this event a success! 

Created by:   Cathy Quinn
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Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (CST)

Traffic Controller

01/09/2021 (Sat) Trail Center Lodge (Traffic) 
7:00am - 11:00am (2)  
All slots filled
Ann Marie Mershon (2)
4:00pm - 7:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
John Bottger
Betsy Warren
7:00pm - 11:00pm (2)  
11:00pm - 4:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
John Bottger
Katie Mumm

Start Helper

**Must get approval from Cathy before signing up for this slot**

01/11/2020 (Sat) Trail Center Lodge (Start) 
7:00am - 10:00am (25)  
24 of 25 slots filled
Carl Madsen (2)
Carl Madsen & Mike Seim
Patty Johnson
Gail Gieseke
Brittany McArdell
Meredith McDowell (4)
We have more people coming than anticipated. All of us have worked the starting line.
Richard Pearce
I have been a Iditarod volunteer several times. This year I plan on doing the most races I can in the lower 48 and skipping this years Iditarod.
Julie Collman
Laura Popkes
Kjersa Anderson (2)
Connie Rasmussen
Dave Nonnemacher (6)
Rena Rogers
Bag Checker
Alayna Carrier
Alayna Carrier

Set-Up Helper

01/10/2020 (Fri) Trail Center Lodge 
2:00pm - 6:00pm (4)  
All slots filled
Carl Madsen (2)
Carl Madsen & Mike Seim
Kirk Weber
Elger Lorenzsonn

92 East Crossing

01/09/2021 (Sat) 92 East 
8:00am - 1:00pm (6)  
All slots filled
Betsy Ortloff (2)
John Wytanis (2)
Austin Danicic
Susan Bosher
1:00pm - 7:00pm (6)  
5 of 6 slots filled
Kathy Sullivan
John Jacobsen
Nora Huxtable
Marcia Eiynck (2)
7:00pm - 12:00am (6)  
4 of 6 slots filled
Carl Madsen (2)
Carl Madsen & Mike Seim
Marcia Eiynck (2)

92 West Crossing

01/09/2020 (Thu) 92 West 
6:30pm - 12:00am (3)  
All slots filled
Bonnie Schudy
Dayna Johnson
Andrew DeLisi
01/09/2021 (Sat) 92 West 
8:00am - 1:00pm (3)  
All slots filled
Cassidy Bechtold (2)
Ashley Bredemus
The Bredemus Bunch
1:00pm - 6:30pm (3)  
All slots filled
Tia Parks (3)

Tucker Lake Road Crossing

01/09/2020 (Thu) Tucker Lake Road 
8:30am - 1:30pm (2)  
All slots filled
Mona Hanson (2)
01/09/2021 (Sat) Tucker Lake Road 
1:30pm - 6:30pm (2)  
All slots filled
jodi and chuck nelson (2)
6:30pm - 11:30pm (2)  
All slots filled
jodi and chuck nelson (2)

Kings Road Crossing

**Must get approval from Cathy before signing up for this slot**

01/09/2021 (Sat) Kings Road 
9:00am - 1:00pm (6)  
5 of 6 slots filled
Erik Danielson (2)
Also Adam Mella
Kathy Lande (2)
Kirk Weber
4:00pm - 9:00pm (6)  
5 of 6 slots filled
Rachel Haaversen (2)
Kjersa Anderson (2)
Kirk Weber

Round Lake Road Crossing

01/11/2020 (Sat) Round Lake Road 
9:00am - 12:30pm (4)  
All slots filled
Mark Morgen (2)
Mark and Carol
Susan Scherer
Harry Newville
7:00pm - 12:00am (4)  
All slots filled
Mark Morgen
Bruce Hosking
Matt B (2)
Looking forward

Kekekabic Trailhead

01/11/2020 (Sat) Kekekabic Trailhead 
9:00am - 12:00pm (2)  
All slots filled
Binner Rahn
Bruce Hosking
7:00pm - 12:30am (2)  
All slots filled
robyn hanson (2)
Robyn & John Hanson

Blankenburg Pit

01/11/2020 (Sat) Blankenburg Pit 
9:30am - 12:30pm (4)  
All slots filled
DeeDee Bossen (4)
7 people total in this group
7:30pm - 11:30pm (4)  
All slots filled
Paul and Catherine Just (2)
Jasmine Skye (2)

Race Course Set Up

We need a few extra hands to help install fencing along the race course. Check with Cathy before committing to this time slot.

01/08/2020 (Wed) Trail Center Lodge 
9:00am - 4:00pm (3)  

ATV Operator

01/11/2020 (Sat) Trail Center Lodge 
11:30am - 4:00pm (2)  
4:00pm - 9:00pm (2)  
9:00pm - 2:30am (2)  
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