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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!

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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.

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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


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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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Message from Jeffrey Mann

Although Jeffrey Mann was unable to be here this weekend he sent this greeting that will be read at the Musher banquet Thursday night.
Hello old friends and new in the grand Up200 community.
How on earth did 25 years pass so quickly?  It is such great testament to the power of positive community spirit that the up200 and Midnight Run are celebrating their 25th anniversary.  I wish all the dogs and dog mushers a fantastic race. I send my greatest respect to all the members of the board, the sponsors, and the hundreds of the most enthusiastic volunteers for hosting yet another wild and fun dog race. Let the good times roll.

Jeffrey  Mann, one of the original cast of UP200 Dreamers

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You can listen to the ham radio transmissions during the race – just click the “Listen to the Race” link at the right.  You can also follow the race on the internet at, which will stream video and audio from various points along the route.

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Did You Know?

Check out these fun facts about the UP200 and Midnight Run!  Included is a great skunk-stink removal recipe, and all sorts of interesting trivia from the last 25 years.

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Visit the NMU Hospitality Tent

Stop in at the heated NMU Hospitality Tent (click here for flyer) on the corner of Washington and Fourth Street, in the UP Health Plan Parking Lot, from 6-9pm on Friday. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies from Babycakes Muffin Company (while supplies last!), meet retired sled dogs Miki and Briana, and pose with the dogs and a sled for a photo during “halftime”.

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Open until 10:30pm on Friday the 14th – Come watch the teams go by at the Marquette Welcome Center on US-41! Enjoy a hot chocolate, coffee, pizza, cheese snacks, and cookies. This is a prime place to watch the teams of the UP200 and the Midnight Run. You can watch the teams go by from the observation deck or from the picnic area, and also both ends of the parking lot.

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Join the fun at Lakenenland – Friday night of the race starting at 6:00 pm – for a canoe ride by sled, hot chocolate & coffee to warm up, watch the mushers pass by, and enjoy the Fun Fire. On Sunday, watch the mushers head back to Marquette.

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2015 RACE:
February 12th-16th

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