A new off-trail rest stop for the UP200 will be set up near the UPBOUND Slapneck Creek trail crossing. For additional information check it out under UP200 musher information.
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Official UP200 Mileage
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 30 minutes after the last UP200 team but not before 8:30 pm.The teams will rest the required 5 hours in Chatham. Registration is also limited to 40 teams.
The JackPine 30 rounds out the weekend’s fun with a six-dog, 30-mile trail starting and finishing in Gwinn Michigan. The JP30 will start 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 in Gwinn at the First Baptist Church, located on North Billings Street late morning or early afternoon on Saturday. For the first time, there will be a purse for the JP30. Many mushers are finding the opportunity to finish in the money very exciting.
The rules for each race are posted here on the website, 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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