Lake Minnetonka's Klondike Dog Derby is canceled this winter, will return in 2022

Despite being outside, event organizers say social distancing would be difficult at the starting chute.
Publish date:

The Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby has been canceled this winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 40-mile dog sled race, named after similar races on the lake decades ago, was held for the first time last year on a frozen Lake Minnetonka. It attracted thousands of spectators and mushers from around the world on a snowy February weekend. 

But the second-annual Klondike Dog Sled Race will have to wait a year, event organizers said Tuesday. The event, scheduled for February 2021, will be postponed to February 2022. 

"The board and committee teams have spent the last several months considering all avenues in which we could host a 2021 race weekend, but each proposed solution comes with its own set of challenges," organizers said. "With the current state capacity mandates in place, we’d exceed the maximum event capacity by 200% with just our Volunteer team — let alone with the expected 20,000-plus spectators."

Follow Bring Me The News on YouTube

The event is outside, but organizers said last year at the starting chute in Excelsior, people stood 10-plus people deep, which doesn't leave much room for social distancing. 

"The Klondike, the musher teams and our amazing community deserve the best, and for the foreseeable future, we aren’t able to deliver that," organizers said. 

Event organizers do hope to hold smaller events this winter, include Hug-a-Husky and brewery education sessions, as well as partner with Bear Grease Sled Dog Marathon in supporting the sport in the Midwest.

Next Up

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.


For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Tributes pour in after MN Supreme Court justice's daughter found dead

Olivia Chutich died near the campus of Iowa State University.

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.


dog sledding

Dog sled derby coming to Lake Minnetonka next winter

Winter this year ended? Huh. Seems like it's still going...

excelsior christkindlsmarkt

Excelsior's annual Christmas market will be a socially distanced affair

Event organizers say it'll be one of the only places where kids can get up close with Santa because he'll be in a bubble.

The Ferris wheel at the 2019 Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July Celebration in Excelsior.

Lake Minnetonka Fourth of July fireworks are canceled

The fireworks show in Excelsior has been held every year since 1888.

Screen Shot 2020-03-03 at 9.23.04 AM

Canceled in 2020, effort underway to secure future of steamboat Minnehaha

The boat has been operating on Lake Minnetonka for 24 years.

excelsior christkindlsmarkt

Excelsior's Christmas market is canceled due to COVID restrictions

An online festival is planned and will include Father Christmas and a llama-cam.

Screen Shot 2020-04-02 at 10.42.15 AM

'Ice Out' officially declared on Lake Minnetonka

It marks the start of what is sure to be a really weird boating season.

Tommy's Tonka Trolley

Owner of popular Lake Minnetonka ice cream shop dies from cancer

Tommy Drummond was the man behind Tommy's Tonka Trolley.


Drive-in movie nights at Birch's in Long Lake canceled

The events are not in compliance with the stay-at-home order.