THE TOM PORN AWARD
This coveted sportsmanship award is presented by the mushers themselves to a fellow musher who demonstrates a positive attitude along with fair play and compassion for his/her dogs and peers. Dr. Tom Porn was the first official photographer for the UPSDA and a past board member. Tragically he died in 1995 during a scuba diving accident.
THE COOLEY CHALLENGE
Every year a musher is selected by the veterinarians for his/her exemplary care of his/her dog team. Dr. Tom Cooley was head vet at the first race in 1990, and died in a lodge fire in 1991. Bonny, Tom’s widow, makes this award possible by giving $500.00 each year. The money is given to Midnight Run and UP200 recipients.
THE GOLDEN BOOTIE AWARD
The Golden Bootie award was initiated by UP200 mushers during one of the post race wrap up meetings as a way to honor a vet. Mushers cast their vote for this award after the completion of the UP200. Dr. Jean Wilcox was the first recipient in 2008.
THE RED LANTERN AWARD
The actual red lantern is inscribed with a plaque denoting the name of the musher and the year of the race. The lantern is given to the musher who finishes last in each race.
THE BEVERLY STROH AWARD
Is given to a long standing volunteer for the races. Beverly Stroh was our volunteer Webmaster and dear friend for many years. Recognizing her dedication to the UP200, the board felt this would be an appropriate way to remember Bev’s countless contributions and honor her memory following her passing. The award is given by Lee and Claudia Nowak, longtime supporters of the race.