2/6/2014 IMPORTANT UPDATE! Attention Midnight Run Mushers:
The mandatory layover time in Chatham has been increased to five and one-half (5.5) hours. This change was made to facilitate an earlier downtown Marquette start while maintaining the overall race schedule. Midnight Run mushers were originally slated to leave Marquette no earlier than 8:30 p.m. but the time gap between the last UP200 musher and the first Midnight Run musher was deemed too long (over an hour). Therefore, the UPSDA Board agreed to make two changes:
Midnight Run start time is now 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014
Chatham layover consists of 5.5 hours plus race start differential
We hope Midnight Run mushers enjoy an earlier start and a little bit more rest.
2014 MIDNIGHT RUN PURSE
The Midnight Run is an eight-dog, 90 mile race. This race is typically a faster race than the UP200. The UPSDA is excited to present a change for the 2014 race. Midnight Run mushers will again start in downtown Marquette traveling to Chatham and then returning to Marquette for the finish.. The Midnight Run draws some of the finest eight-dog teams in the region and the competition is fierce!
The Midnight Run trail crew have been working all summer on the trail and has approximated the mileage at 90 miles.
The Midnight Run teams will begin to leave the chute from downtown Marquette thirty minutes after the last UP200 team, but not before 8:30pm. Mushers will travel about 45 miles, to the Chatham checkpoint (Michigan State University Facility). In Chatham, mushers will complete a mandatory 5 hour layover period, and will finish in Marquette on Saturday morning with the first teams arriving in Marquette about 8:30am.
The second leg of the race, Chatham to Marquette is about 45 miles for a total of 90 miles.
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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