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Races Featured on Northland Adventurer Website

Check out the great article on the NorthlandAdventurer.com website – it’s a nice feature on all three races!

Jack Pine 30 Awards Moved to Gwinn Baptist Church

The awards ceremony for the Jack Pine 30 will be held at the Gwinn Baptist Church (finish line) after the last musher has finished the race. The estimated time is 2:00 – 2:30pm on Saturday, February 14th.

RACE RULES FINALIZED, THREE CHANGES MADE

At the January meeting, the UPSDA board voted to make three changes to the race rules for 2015: Equipment – ganglines are to be cable coated, cable core, or iron rope (Rules 1.F.2) Mandatory gear — UP200 mushers only — … Continue reading

UPSDA Loses a Great Friend

The UPSDA mourns the loss of Mary Gilbertson, who passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015.  No details are available at this time.  Mary and her husband, Lloyd, have been long-time mushers and supporters of the UP200 and we are … Continue reading


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Midnight Run and Jackpine 30

 

Official UP200 Mileage

64 miles from Marquette to WetmoreOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
53 miles from Wetmore to Grand Marais
The UP200 is one of America’s premier 12-dog, mid-distance sled dog races and draws mushers from around the United States and Canada. The first UP200 was run in February, 1990, after two years of planning by sled dog racing enthusiasts. The current race covers approximately 240 miles from Marquette to Grand Marais, with a return to Marquette along the same trail. The terrain includes stretches of near-wilderness, creek crossings, hills and valleys, and heavily forested land. Mushers say this is one of their favorite races, not only because of the challenging race, but because of the beautiful trail, the cheering crowds and warm welcome they receive at every checkpoint along the trail here in the Upper Peninsula.

The UP200 is an Iditarod qualifying race. Registration is limited to 40 teams, and mushers are required to have finished the Midnight Run or other equivalent sixty (60) mile continuous running races within the past three seasons.

 Official Midnight Run Mileage

45 miles from Marquette to Chatham
45 miles Chatham to Marquette

DSC_1835Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run. The finish will be in the lower harbor in Marquette on Saturday, February 14, 2015.  The Midnight Run, or MNR, draws premier teams wanting to test their skill on a technically challenging trail.  MNR mushers will again leave the chute in downtown Marquette at 8:00 pm.The teams will rest the required 5.5 hours in Chatham.   Registration is also limited to 40 teams.

 

The JackPine 30 rounds out the weekend’s fun with a six-dog, 26-mile trail starting and finishing in Gwinn, Michigan. The JP30 will start at 10:00am on Saturday morning, February 14, 2015 from the parking lot of Larry’s Family Food’s in Gwinn.  From there, it’s a race to the finish!  The teams are expected back late morning or early afternoon in Gwinn at the First Baptist Church, located on North Billings Street.  There will be a purse for the JP30, and many mushers are finding the opportunity to finish in the money very exciting.   The public is welcome at the Awards Ceremony, which will be held at 3:00 at the Up North Lodge.

The rules for each race are posted here on the website under the Race Info tab, and mushers will also find registration forms and an online payment option through PayPal. 

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2015 RACE:
February 12th-16th


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