Dune Mushers Mail Run


Who needs snow to run a team of dogs? Sand does the trick on the Oregon Dunes during the Oregon Dune Mushers’ Mail Run. This year mushers once again gather from around the Northwest to harness their dogs to wheeled carts and run on the sand from North Bend to Florence during the weekend of March 10 and 11. Last year, much to everyone’s disappointment, the teams did not run. But they are back this year and on the second weekend of March instead of the first.

The Mail Run is a non-competitive endurance run where each musher carries commemorative envelopes signed by that musher and carried over the trail on the dunes. Each stamped envelope is cancelled in North Bend, Lakeside, and Florence and is sold as a fund-raiser of the Oregon Dune Mushers club. The club in the past has sponsored Oregon mushers to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska and will sponsor mushers to other long distance races too.

The dog teams fit into the Mini,

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Dune Mushers Team
Traditional, or Training categories. The Mini teams have 4 or 5 dogs, and the Traditional teams have 5 to 10 dogs. The training teams run a shorter distance and are unofficial, just learning the ropes. The traditional teams cover about 70 miles over two days. Photo opportunities and a chance to see the dogs up close are Friday evening at Pony Village Mall in North Bend between 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday in Lakeside from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winchester Bay from 4 to 5 p.m., and Sunday in Old Town
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Florence for the parade starting about 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, a good place to view the dogs in action is from the Day Use Area (a.k.a. Dunes Overlook), between Reedsport and Florence. That afternoon after the parade down Bay Street in Florence is an opportunity to buy the commemorative envelopes.
Oregon Dune Mushers
541-677-8393
www.oregondunemushers.com

 
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