The Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run is guaranteed to delight all who come out to join in the fun!
Come early for a pancake breakfast! Breakfast will be served between 8-9:30 am with proceeds going towards the Parry Sound Canoe Club.
Did you know?
Thomas Jefferson loved pancakes so much he sent a special recipe to his home town from the White House.
The Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run has the teams delivering “sledvelopes”, mail hauled by dog teams to Rosseau, 17 km through the bush.
Sled dogs were used to deliver the mail in Alaska during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Dogs could deliver mail in conditions that would stop boats, trains, even horses. Mail delivery by dog sled came to an end in 1963 when the last mail carrier to use a dog sled retired. And now here’s your chance to see the dogs in action!
They’re physical marvels — able to endure extreme conditions for extensive periods of time while running fast and pulling more than their own weight.
FAMOUS SLED DOGS
Baldy of Nome – Musher Scotty Allan’s dog who helped him win multiple All-Alaska Sweepstakes in the early 1900s and was featured in Esther Birdsall Darling’s book “Baldy of Nome.”
Balto – The lead dog in the final segment of the 1925 Alaskan serum run from Nenana to Nome (the Iditarod race commemorates the run), who is immortalized with a statue in New York City’s Central Park.
Togo – The lead dog for the longest leg of the 1925 Alaskan serum run from Nenana to Nome, an accomplishment some feel was overshadowed by Balto’s fame.
You can find sledvelopes displayed online at the National Museum of American History as shown here.
Also see past sledvelopes at the Smithsonian Learning Lab Postal Museum.
These hand stamped letters become collector items and you have the opportunity to send one of these letters to a friend on February 15, 2020. Perhaps your friend will follow in the footsteps of Anne Groebner who changed her life after receiving a “sledvelope”:
That letter I received marked the beginning of my love of sled dogs….. I sold everything I owned, except for a few personal items, quit my job and headed to Ely, Minnesota, a place that at the time was considered the sled dog capital of the world.
Come join in the excitement when the crowds line up to watch the dogs head out at this event.
Spend time to get to know the teams. You may be surprised at who you’ll discover participating!
Richard Meldrum author has enjoyed dog sledding at the Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run with his kennel of nineteen sled dogs.
This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run! For all the details visit their website
If you would like to experience the excitement of this event, come to meet the drivers and the dogs on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 in the Village of Humphrey. Enjoy breakfast with the group at the Humphrey Community Centre. There will be activities for the children and many opportunities to have pictures taken with the beautiful, friendly huskies.