Congratulations to Ward Wallin and Brian Bergen, the winners of our 25th Anniversary Registration Raffle! Ward and Brian were selected in a random draw from all UP200 and MNR entries received by October 10th. They’ll receive a refund of half … Continue reading
As we get ready to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Running of the UP200 and Midnight Run, the UPSDA board has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Volunteer. These races would never happen without the countless hours of volunteer … Continue reading
Amanda Vogel, of Ray, Mn is our first registered UP200 musher for 2015! Mushers, if you register by October 10th, you are automatically entered into a drawing to receive half of your entry fee refunded. One musher will be selected … Continue reading
Dr. Tim Hunt, Marquette-based veterinarian and UP200 veteran musher, was recently named “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Tim was nominated and selected as a finalist this past spring, and then received the most votes from the … Continue reading
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 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. 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.
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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