To recognize skier participants who have completed all or part of the Mail Run trail.
Perpetual hand painted serving tray plaque
To recognize skijorer participants who have completed all or part of the Mail Run trail.
To recognize snowshoer participants who have completed all or part of the Mail Run trail.
To recognize musher participants who have completed all or part of the Mail Run trail.
This award goes to the snowmobile volunteer who shows extra support on the trail helping out mushers, skiers, skijorers, snowshoers and/or volunteers to help ensure a successful trip.
The Holger Bauer Award
In memory of Holger Bauer. This award goes to all participants aged 16 and under.
Perpetual wooden plaque plus individual awards
Volunteer Recognition Award
All volunteers are acknowledged as important, as without those special people the event simply wouldn’t happen. This award is for the official volunteer who has gone “above and beyond” for the Mail Run.
Spirit of the Mail Run Award
The Frank Cushman Award. For the participant or volunteer who embodies the unique and special qualities of joy, energy, spontaneity and helpfulness that surface when they are out on the trail.
Best Musher's Hat Award
To any participant, handler or volunteer with the finest hat that exemplifies true dog mushing roots and traditions – or is just plain the funniest. Wearers will be asked to “fashion show” their hats at the banquet Saturday night.
Best Conditioned Dog Sled Team
This award is to encourage the positive care of all dogs. Judged by the Stage Race veterinarian, to have the healthiest and best conditioned team in the Mail Run.
Hard Luck Award:
Awarded to a participant who experiences genuine tough luck on the trail but who rises above it in true Gold Rush Trail spirit.
The Red Lantern Award:
This is not a “last place” trophy. In the tradition of all dog sled events, the lantern is lit at the beginning of the journey and it is not extinguished until the last participant is safely home, guided by the light burning in the lantern.
The Musher’s Sports Award:
This award focuses on preserving the very special traditional skills and resourcefulness that ensure survival in the winter wilderness. Awarded to the winning team.