Let’s welcome our 2016 JackPine 30 sponsors:
Superior Extrusion, Argonics, Potlatch and Superior Iron Range Credit Union
Judge: Bernie Jensen
Start Time: February 13, 2016, Saturday 10:00 AM
Start Location: Gwinn – Larry’s Family Foods
Finish Location: Gwinn – First Baptist Church, located on North Billings Street
8:00am – Musher Meeting The First Baptist Church will also host the musher meeting at 8:00 a.m.
10:00am – Jack Pine 30 Race begins in Gwinn at Larry’s Family Foods.
Jack Pine 30 Updates
2016 JACKPINE 30 PURSE
Trail for 2016
Again this year, the race starts at Larry’s Family Foods in Gwinn and ends at the First Baptist Church (195 North Billings). The course is approximately 26 miles. From Gwinn the trail follows M-553, crossing Plains and Southgate Roads to the highway overpass and then tucks into the woods proceeding to Sands Station (7-8 miles). From Sands Station the trail turns west and then breaks to the north for about 4 miles, passing near Uncle Tom’s and Powell Lakes and alongside an impressive beaver dam. Mushers will then run a 4-mile loop and return via the same trail to the finish. Plains and Southgate road crossings have many long-time volunteers assisting. The trail crew has been able to find a network of trails this year to eliminate all railroad crossings which will make for a safer race.
Community members are invited to Larry’s Family Foods to meet the dogs and mushers and cheer as the teams blaze away from the starting gate. While the mushers are out on the trail, people can enjoy the shops and restaurants in Gwinn before heading for the finish line at the church.
Mushers will meet after the race at Gwinn Baptist Church (finish line) where awards will be given for 1st through 8th place along with the commemorative Red Lantern Award for the musher who brings in the final team. The awards ceremony begins at 2:00 – 2:30pm (estimated). so there is plenty of time to take in the race start, spend time in Gwinn, view the finish and join the mushers and their handlers to celebrate this great winter event.
Volunteers are needed at Larry’s Family Foods with musher parking and to help get teams to the start line. Volunteers are also needed at road and railroad crossings. Just because you don’t have a dog team doesn’t mean you can’t join the fun!
Jack Pine 30 race rules for 2016 will be posted on the UPSDA web site. For more information or to volunteer to help with the Jack Pine 30 Sled Dog Race, visit the UP200 web site (www.up200.org) or call Darlene Walch at 906-249-9945.