“The best thing about a sled dog race is that you can feel the excitement in the air!” says John Thiel of Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing. “The dogs love it, the mushers love it, the volunteers love it and all that energy ignites the crowd.”
You can be an active part of our sled dog race by volunteering in any one of a number of race positions. No experience is necessary – we will train you!
Volunteer duties include:
- Dog Handler - We need 30 people or more each day to assist the mushers with getting teams to the chute, or assisting them at the finish. This is a physically demanding job and includes direct work with dogs!
- Chute Handlers - Assist with loading dog teams into the chute and retrieving the next team
- Check Point Volunteers - People at several points throughout the race to communicate via radio with officials at Headquarters regarding teams’ progress
- Parking - Assistance needed both days, both prior to and during start of race
- Timers - Assist with recording times and the final timing at the finish
- Set-up - Helping with chute set-up and parking area set-up in the days prior to the race
- Trail Grooming - Grooming jobs are ideal for area residents with snowmobiles – Must be available the week prior to the race
- Clean-up/Take Down - Sunday afternoon, help with the clean-up process at the gravel pit
- Or simply sign up to help wherever it is needed!
You don’t need to commit to the whole weekend to help out. Volunteers can specify the times that they are available; Saturday or Sunday, all day or mornings only – tell us what you can do and we will find you a job! Groups are encouraged and welcomed (perfect for college kids looking for volunteer experience).
* Please note: All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.