Even with the temperature hovering in the fifties, dog musher participating in the 1st Annual Mush for a Cure had what they called a “good run.” The musher starting at the Round Lake Road then followed the snowmobile trail down to the west end of the Banadad, down the Banadad and on to the Moose Trail to the Poplar Lake Public Landing a distance of thirty miles. The Mushers stated that there was stilling plenty of snow remaining on the Banadad. The trip was to end at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, but the slippery icy conditions on Poplar Lake made running across the Lake to dangerous for the dogs so the mushers and dogs were trucked around the lake to the B&B.
The mushers and handlers then spent the night at the B&B.
The event was organized by Voyageur Canoe Outfitter’s partnering with Black Magic Kennel. According to race organizers, the dog sled run was not a race but “a journey that we hope will become a tradition; a tradition of mushing for a cure for breast cancer on the Gunflint Trail.”
Mushers who participate in the two-day event raised donations and pledges for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Mush for a Cure is an extension of Voyageur Outfitter’s Pink Paddles program. While all the funds collected by the mushers have not been totaled yet, according to Mike Prom of Voyageur Outfitter it appeared to him that this event, despite the warm weather, was successfull in raising $2500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.