Loppet Foundation

Askov Finlayson Dogsled Loppet

Sunday – 3 p.m.

This point-to-point dogsled event starts in Uptown and ends at Loppet Village in Wirth Park. The Dogsled Loppet follows the Green course – the 10k course that includes some tough hills with challenging twists and turns. Teams of up to six dogs per sled. There are bridge crossings, tunnels and a grand finish in front of the crowds in Loppet Village.

Note that dogsledding is not generally allowed in Minneapolis parks. Dogsledding is only allowed this one day each year. Enjoy it!


The Dogsled Loppet is a spectator favorite. Expect the winning team to arrive in Uptown between 3:30 and 4 p.m. – with teams rolling through until 4:30 p.m.

Packet Pick-up

Race packets, which include the mandatory race bib and timing chip, will be available for pickup in Uptown adjacent to the race start and parking on Sunday before the race.

Musher Parking & Directions


Reserved parking will be located in the parking lot at 3033 Excelsior Boulevard adjacent to the race start.

Start to Finish

Due to road closures, handlers will not be able to drive dog vehicles in a manner that follows the race course. Please see the following Google Map link which provides one driving option from the start to the finish, taking approximately 15 minutes – http://goo.gl/maps/LdWal.


Parking will be available in the Chalet parking lot near the finish line. Due to road closures, teams will not be permitted to turn onto Theodore Wirth Parkway from Highway 55. After 11 a.m. the Chalet area may only be accessed via Plymouth Avenue and Golden Valley Road/Duluth Street. Wirth Parkway between Highway 55 and Plymouth Avenue will remain closed until after 3 p.m.

Options for getting to the start parking lot on race day:

There is a low bridge just north of the parking area that may not allow vehicles carrying dog sleds to pass safely (see musher trail map for location of low bridge). The listed max height of the bridge in the middle (arched bridge) is 12’5”. Teams may have to remove any gear (i.e. dog sled) from the roof of their vehicle in order to pass under the bridge.

Mandatory Musher Meeting

A brief mandatory musher meeting will be held at the race start at 2:30 p.m. on race day. All racers are required to attend. This meeting will cover any last minute updates, review of certain key rules, and allow for competitors to ask any questions they may have prior to the race start.

Musher Trail Info & Map

This race includes some technical aspects to note, mainly hills, turns, bridges, tunnels, and road crossings (closed roadways). These have been noted on the musher trail map below. Course marshal volunteers will also be stationed at the locations where it is most likely for dog teams to encounter a problem (also noted on the musher trail map).

Handler assistance along the race course is not permitted (see race rules) unless the team is scratching from the race.

Start Format & Order

Race teams will depart the start line two at a time (dual start) at two minute intervals starting at the race start time of 3pm. Order of start has been determined by order of registration and will be reflected in the bib numbering. Teams have been assigned staging, chute and start times. Definitions of these terms are included in the race rules.

Timing Chip Placement

Timing chips must be worn by the musher on an outside layer and be attached no higher than the waist in order for race time to be accurately recorded

Race Rules

It is the responsibility of each musher to have read and understand the race rules. Questions about race rules can be addressed at the mandatory musher meeting

Proof of Rabies Vaccination

Teams must have proof of current rabies vaccinations for all dogs present at the race and be able to supply them to a race official if requested


Status Through September 30 Through November 29 Through January 3 Through January 24 Through February 1 (in-person only) Through February 2 (in-person only)
Askov Finlayson Dogsled Loppet Open $25 $30 $35 $40 $50 $50

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.

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