Musher information


class info

8 dogs / 40 miles


We apologize to those who were counting on the 6-dog class. As this is our first year, and in order to fulfill our mission of presenting a first class sled dog race, we feel it is in the best interest of the mushers, spectators, and sponsors to offer only one class for the 2020 race. We plan to add additional classes, including a 6-dog race and a rec class in future years. 

trail info

The Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby will start on Water Street in the heart of charming downtown Excelsior, Minnesota. The course will continue down Water Street on to Lake Minnetonka and will run along its beautiful shores. The 40-mile race will run the perimeter of Lower Lake Minnetonka with no road crossings. The race will finish where it began, on Water Street in Excelsior. It will be a flat and fast run! We anticipate a great turnout of spectators, making for a fun race fueled by the energy and cheers of many race fans.  

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AGe limit

The musher must be eighteen years of age or older. Younger drivers may be allowed to race with submission of musher’s race experience, signed release by a parent or legal guardian, and per Race Marshal approval. 


Welcome Packet
and Additional

After registration, please watch for your Welcome Packet, which will include: 

• Maps & driving directions
• Detailed itinerary with meeting times and locations
• Hotel information and other lodging options
• Information on veterinary checks
• Purse breakdown



race marshal

stan passananti

Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Jackie Piepkorn

Race Coordinator

Bethany Hway


All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.


February 8, 2020
Lord Fletcher’s

Race Headquarters
Open from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sled Dog Veterinary Checks
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet-the-Mushers & Hug-a-Husky Event
3:00 p.m.

Mushers’ Meeting & Bib Draw
(Not open to the public)
4:00 p.m.

Mushers’ Dinner / Social at Lord Fletcher's
5:30 p.m.

february 9, 2020
downtown excelsior

Race Headquarters
at Excelsior Chamber of Commerce

Open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m.

Race Start
10:00 a.m.

Finishers’ Banquet
(Must have a ticket for entrance)
4:30 p.m.

Klondike Wrap Party
(Must have a ticket for entrance)
6:30 p.m. 


mush with P.R.I.D.E.

The Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby race organization is a member of Mush with P.R.I.D.E. We require all mushers registered in the Klondike Dog Derby be members in good standing of Mush with P.R.I.D.E., an organization committed to the responsible care and humane treatment of sled dogs. 

Lodging Information

A block of rooms has been reserved with a discounted rate for mushers at the Holiday Inn Express in Chanhassen under “Klondike Dog Dog Derby”. This hotel has been chosen for its proximity to the race start / finish, as well as for the accommodating parking lot, which is large enough to hold many dog trucks and trailers.  

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Should the Holiday Inn Express fill up quickly, we also have a block of rooms reserved
at the County Inn & Suites, with a special rate for mushers.

If you are interested in staying with a host family, please contact us for more information:

More Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact our Musher Representative, Amy Flakne:

Come back soon for more information and to register for the race!