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Great Merchandise Still Available!

The weather didn’t exactly cooperate last weekend, and as a result, our merchandise sales were down.  That means we still have lots of great items available!  If you couldn’t get to the YMCA to shop, how about helping us out and purchasing your goodies online?  Visit our Merchandise page and select what you want.  You can pay via PayPal and we’ll ship them right out to you.  Thanks for your support!


It takes hundreds of volunteers to put on our 3 races. Every role is essential to the success of the race. We appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for your time and your commitment to making each race safe and successful.

This year our volunteers covering the many Saturday road crossings deserve a loud round of applause for their dedication and perseverance to keeping the dogs and mushers safe, staying hours longer than assigned until the last team had crossed and getting as iced-up as the mushers.

THANK YOU to every volunteer from downtown Marquette to Chatham, Gwinn, Wetmore, and Grand Marais; and THANK YOU to all the many businesses providing financial support.

Jack Pine 30 – Results

Results from the Jack Pine 30 – February 14, 2015

Place Bib # Name Hometown Start Time in Gwinn Time Crossed Finish Line Elapsed Time
1 9 Al­-Jo Thiart Magnusson Racing 10:16 a​.m. 12:49 PM 2:33:53
2 8 Gerhardt Thiart Magnusson Racing 10:14 a​.m. 12:51 PM 2:37:49
3 15 Jerry Trudell Calumet, MI 10:28 a​.m. 01:11 PM 2:43:50
4 5 Randy Foust Mountain, WI 10:08 a​.m. 01:04 PM 2:56:17
5 12 Bruce McGuigan Rapid River, MI 10:22 a​.m. 01:18 PM 2:56:31
6 4 Linda Thompson Cannon Falls, MN 10:06 a​.m. 01:15 PM 3:09:40
7 16 Ron Hayden Seven Hills, OH 10:30 a​.m. 01:51 PM 3:21:48
8 1 Katie Kunze Curtis, MI 10:00 a​.m. 01:29 PM 3:29:16
9 2 Micah Bardoner Signal Mountain, TN 10:02 a​.m. 01:36 PM 3:34:01
10 11 Shannon Miller Diamond, OH 10:20 a​.m. 02:18 PM 3:58:40
11 14 Brenda Roig Shreve, OH 10:26 a​.m. 02:37 PM 4:11:00


Mike Bestgen in Blue Cross Article

Mike Bestgen, who is running the Midnight Run this year, was interviewed by Blue Cross Blue Shield for an article on this weekend’s races.  You can read the interview here.  Thanks, Mike, for being such a great ambassador for our races!

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welcome to the UP200

Midnight Run and Jackpine 30


Official UP200 Mileage

64 miles from Marquette to Wetmore
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 wafirst musher to grand maraiss 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.



Official JackPine30 Mileage

26 miles starting and ending in Gwinn, MI

Linda ThompsonThe 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 the First Baptist Church after the last musher finishes.

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.

Next race:

2015 RACE:
February 12th-16th

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Registration Inquiries: 906-869-2640 (Pam Forsberg)

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