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UPSDA Meeting Minutes Now Posted

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You can find the latest approved and draft meeting minutes under the “About” tab at the top of the page.  We will post the most recent minutes at the top.

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UPSDA Elects Three Board Members

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At the annual Membership Meeting on May 13, 2015 the members elected Ron Hewson, Carol Steinhaus, and Diane Mankee to three-year Board terms.  Additionally, the Board appointed Darlene Walch and Ross Anthony to fill the terms of retiring Board members Pat Torreano and Patty Holman.  The Board will elect a President and Vice-President within the next week.

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UPSDA Annual Meeting and Board Elections May 13th

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The Annual Meeting of the UPSDA will be held Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.  All UPSDA members are invited to attend!  Three board positions will be filled by election.  The board terms of Carol Steinhaus, Ron Hewson, and Kent Koehn are expiring. There are five candidates for the three open Board seats. Carol Steinhaus and Ron Hewson will run for re-election.  Diane Mankee, Jean Wilcox, and Tim Trowbridge are also candidates for these positions.

Diane has been heavily involved with the merchandise and Silent Auction fundraising for the races.

Jean has served as Head Veterinarian for the UP200 and has been a volunteer for the races since the first year.

Tim is a former musher and sled dog kennel owner, and former president of the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club.  He has recently moved to Harvey from Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Only members may vote at the meeting.  Membership in the UPSDA is available online – click the Members tab at the top of the page.  Payment can be made via PayPal.

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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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