The annual membership meeting of the UPSDA will be held Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm at the Holiday Inn. The purpose of this meeting is to elect three board members who will each serve three-year terms. Nominations may be submitted … Continue reading
The UPSDA Board has set the race dates for the next six years. The 2015 dates will be February 12-16, and the calendar to the right will be changed shortly. Upcoming years will see the races held on: Feb. 11-15, … Continue reading
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Todd Hennigan, our UPSDA Adopt-a-Musher Ambassador. Todd passed away on Sunday, March 23 at Marquette General Hospital. Todd and his mascot dogs Seamus and Banshee (deceased) were … Continue reading
4H Club Heroica (which is short for Hero’s in Chicken Advocacy) won the $250 prize, sponsored by Trudell Plumbing and Heating, for the best decorated road crossing in Harvey. Nine of the Club members and some of their siblings helped … Continue reading
Official UP200 Mileage
67 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 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
Coinciding with the UP200 is the eight-dog Midnight Run. For the first time mushers will start and finish in Marquette. The finish will be in the lower harbor in Marquette on Saturday, February 15, 2014. 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 15, 2014 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.
Note that this year, due to a trail change, the JackPine 30 will actually be 26 miles long.
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.
906-228-3072 (Pat Torreano) or 906-362-3785 (Ron Hewson)
Registration Inquiries: 906-869-2640 (Pam Forsberg)
PO Box 15 • Marquette, Michigan
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